We have defended our right to independence, sovereignty and “conquered the peace that they tried to take away from us,” said the president in statements to the press together with his counterpart from Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, where he traveled on an official visit eight years after his first time.
Maduro recounted the vicissitudes that the Bolivarian Republic has gone through since 2015 and denounced that Venezuela has been the victim of a “fierce campaign” by traditional media and social networks.
A media campaign that accompanies the economic, political aggression, the threats of various signs, that no one should forget, he said.
He pointed out that these were chained one after the other, and mentioned the attempt to assassinate him in August 2018, the attempt to impose parallel authorities in 2019 and lead us to a civil war.
Added to this were the threats of military invasion, which were made directly from the White House, the Pentagon and the Southern Command, he said.
He recalled the attempted invasion of a group of mercenaries trained, financed and prepared in Colombia in 2020, which they managed to control thanks to the civic-military and police union.
All the political, diplomatic, economic, financial and commercial aggression was accompanied by media aggression and a narrative was imposed in the world that “Venezuela is a failed, non-democratic state”, he commented.
He remarked that all this was accompanied by the “invisibility of the good things” that happen in the Bolivarian Republic.
Maduro pointed out that all this aggression, “this torture to the body” of Venezuela, generated a new, national consciousness, of love for the country.
Today, he affirmed, the country is different, where important sectors of Venezuelan society, including the middle class, the business community and the workers, “have a very different conscience” from that of five, 10 and 15 years ago, in which a sense of belonging as a Venezuelan and as a nation.
He remarked that “the entire country” shouldered the difficulties to struggle, work and get ahead.
The Bolivarian head of state pointed out that little is known in the world about these 24 years of the Revolution, in which there were 29 elections, “a world record,” he said, and recalled that the political forces allied to Chavismo (followers of Hugo Chávez) they won in 27 and only lost the 2007 referendum and the National Assembly in 2015.
Maduro traveled to Brazil the day before on an official visit and is scheduled to participate tomorrow in the meeting called by Lula with her South American peers, in a meeting that according to official sources will be behind closed doors.