Maduro to travel to Havana on Wednesday
Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro said people were betrayed by the bourgeoisie following the uprising of January 23, 1958
He announced that in the next few minutes he would depart for Havana, Cuba, along with Energy and Mining Minister Rafael Ramírez. They are to visit President Hugo Chávez, who is recovering from a cancer surgery he underwent on December 11.
At the 23 de Enero parish, west Caracas, Maduro said that on January 23, 1958 it was not possible to bring about a leadership unifying all the revolutionary energy. Soon after that, the bourgeoisie betrayed people.
"Beyond people shouting slogans of democracy and good intentions, there was no leadership unifying all the revolutionary energy that ignited on January 23 and in no time the presidential palace of Miraflores was taken over by representatives of the bourgeoisie," Maduro added.
Maduro summarized the bipartisan period of democracy known as the Punto Fijo pact as repression, torture, forced disappearances, looting, corruption, and high treason.
On the contrary, Maduro claimed that President Chávez's revolution means sovereignty, independence, dignity, Bolivarianism, patriotism, the great homeland, inclusion, equality, education, social justice, labor and solidarity.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.