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      14 Years Since he Failed 2002 Coup in Venezuela
      "Every 11 has its 13!"

      By Alison Bodine

      April 13, 2002 was a day of victory for the people of Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution. On that day, then President Hugo Chavez returned as the rightfully elected President of Venezuela after an April 11, 2002 attempted coup d'état lead by right-wing forces supported by the U.S. government.

      Over the months and years following the failed coup, the ties between the coup-plotters and the U.S. government, the CIA and U.S. government sponsored agencies like the National Endowment of Democracy (NED), were revealed. Venezuela’s top media moguls and leading right-wing opposition politicians were also exposed as being implicated in the coup.

      However, despite all of the resources and foreign support for the coup, in less than 48 hours the people of Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution had triumphed in defending President Hugo Chavez and the great gains that the Bolivarian Revolution had made for poor and working people across Venezuela.

      Today, over 14 years after their failed coup, the U.S. continues their non-stop campaign against the Bolivarian Revolution. Through their ongoing support for Venezuela’s counterrevolutionary opposition, the U.S. government and their imperialist allies are attempting to destabilize Venezuela and force the removal of President Nicolas Maduro. This continued attack is what makes marking the April 13 victory against the 2002 coup so important.

      Vancouver Commemorates the Victory of April 13 in Venezuela!

      In Vancouver, Canada, this important victory for oppressed people in Venezuela was commemorated in an event organized by the General Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. This cultural evening was held at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch in Downtown, Vancouver.

      On this evening, supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution in Vancouver participated in a dynamic program that included a film, speakers, delicious refreshments and live music, as well as the presentation of an art and information display explaining the significance of April 13 and the timeline of the failed coup.

      The program was MC’d by Aitzanid Molero, Second General Consul at the Venezuelan Consulate, who began the program by welcoming the First Venezuelan Consul General Wilfredo Perez Bianco. The Consul General gave a short summary of the importance of the April 11 failed coup in Venezuela to the people of Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution. His remarks were translated by Tamara Hansen, the Coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC).

      Following the Consul General, there was a short film shown that interviewed many of the people that were at Miraflores Palace, where the coup occurred. In this informative video, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as a variety of people to relive their experiences that day and what it was like to witness the coup as well as the triumphant return of President Chavez.

      Following the film and short program, there was live Latin American music and Venezuelan refreshments as participants were given time to view the art display and discuss the coup and Venezuela today.

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