On his Twitter account, the president wrote, “We remember the courage and dignity of the officials who resisted the criminal siege against the Cuban Embassy, 20 years ago. A fascist act carried out by the stateless right wing, which violated international law. The Venezuelan people have memory.”
The action against Cuba’s diplomatic mission in Venezuela took place on April 12, 2002, during the events associated to the coup d’état against then President Hugo Chavez (1954-2013).
Violent groups from the extreme right gathered in front of the facilities of the Cuban representation, destroyed vehicles and cut off essential services of electricity and water, in addition to threatening the personnel inside the building.
These actions were part of a wave of persecution against all officials and militants identified with the Bolivarian Government, with acts of repression, arbitrary arrests and deaths by gunshots fired by forces aligned with the coup.
Maduro also highlighted the heroic stance of the Venezuelan people, who on that April 12 “bravely took to the streets to demand the return of Commander Hugo Chavez and the restitution of democracy”.
“On the Communicating People’s Day, I honor the brave patriots who took to the streets to inform about the reality of what was being lived during the coup d’état. We remain steadfast in showing the world the truth of our people”, Maduro tweeted.