OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE
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CARACAS.— Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, yesterday February 4, recalled that on this date in 1992, the first steps were taken in the country’s peaceful, democratic revolution.

Speaking during a nationwide television broadcast, commemorating the uprising of patriotic military officers led by Hugo Chávez, he said, “February 4 was a historic necessity” which paved the way for the Bolivarian Revolution.

Accompanying the President were First Combatant Cilia Flores; Vice President Aristóbulo Istúriz; Vice President for Social Works Jorge Arreaza; General Jacinto Pérez Arcay; and Chavista deputies Diosdado Cabello and Darío Vivas, as well as veterans of the historic rebellion.

On February 4, 1992, Chávez spoke on national television to assume responsibility for the unsuccessful uprising, expressing his celebrated “por ahora,” to indicate that the rebels’ objectives had not be accomplished “for now.” Hopes for real change were ignited by the officers’ uprising, and the resulting popular movement led to the election of Chávez as President in 1999.