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Suddenly, coming down a dell, Caracas is there! (1)... spread over the steep flank of Mt. Ávila. Those predestined to die on orders from the empire, were standing tall, sturdily occupying the avenue where the President, with his voice roughened by the lack of sleep and anger, spoke to them: “I told you 30 days before, 30 days ago, the coup has failed, we defeated it with our civic-military union, the victory belongs to us.”

Nicolás Maduro Moros, before a massive mobilization in Caracas on February 24, asked the coup plotters. “What are you going to do now? Are you going to continue playing at intervention?” adding, “A month ago, I promised to continue standing tall, and along with the Venezuelan people, I am keeping that promise, to defend the homeland.”

He asked followers of the opposition: “How long are you going to continue causing the country harm, continue inventing little games to destabilize and damage the country?”


“The people came out onto the streets to tell the empire: Hands off Venezuela,” Maduro said, referring to demonstrations that took place across the length and breadth of the country, not only in Caracas.

“The combativity is impressive, the consciousness, the statements I see on men and women standing tall, the people, the invisible, those who never show up on gringo television,” he said.

The son of Chávez, the worker-President, called on the people to be “proud of the strength we have, the strength and the courage. Feel proud of being the invisible, because we are invincible, indestructible.

“Invisible to international cameras, to reporters from around the world, who don’t show the true people, or the wood with which we are made, or the majority sentiment. Because we, the people of Hugo Chávez Frías, are the majority,” he insisted.

He described the current conflict as “a battle for peace, with independence, with territorial integrity; peace with social justice and social equality; peace with national dignity.”


On February 24, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro called on the world’s people to express their solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic and oppose aggression on the part of the U.S. government, commenting in a tweet that Trump attempted to use a concert in a Colombian border town to cover up plans to use the pretext of humanitarian aid and enter Venezuelan territory by force.

Venezuela is facing an economic and financial blockade that has cost the country this year more than 30 billion dollars, many times over the value of the “humanitarian aid” supposedly being offered, along with imperialist threats of a direct invasion.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his lackeys are desperate to fabricate a pretext for war, tweeted Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, writing, “The Saturday operation on the Colombian border - burning a truck with supposed ‘humanitarian aid’ on the Simón Bolívar International Bridge, parked on the Colombian side - didn’t work for them.”


In a video posted on Twitter, President Maduro shared his tour of the capital’s streets, commenting, “Traveling through the streets of a calm, quiet Caracas. I send greetings and gratitude to the people of New York for their active solidarity, expressed in the streets, with Venezuela: Peace will triumph!”

A demonstration was held that day, February 23, in New York demanding an end to U.S. intervention in the internal affairs of the South American country. Maduro thanked New York residents for their support of the Bolivarian Revolution and for demanding: Hands off Venezuela!

Noting that Caracas was totally calm, he wrote, “Our people here in Caracas are mobilized to defend the Revolution and mobilized in their normal activities.”

“The Yankee giant, sowing misery” has failed once again, “Caracas is there! …spread over the steep flank of Mt. Ávila, beautiful, covered in a red blanket woven by the hands of Chávez, as I heard a people’s musician sing, accompanied by a cuatro from the plains.”


(8:30 a.m.): After crashing an armored truck against the barricades dividing Simón Bolívar International Bridge, three Bolivarian National Guardsmen ran over to the Colombian side of the border, and were received by Deputy-in-contempt José Manuel Olivares, a fugitive from justice in Venezuela. The evidence of a planned false positive was clear.

- Violence begins with a call to surround military installations

(12:20 p.m.): In Caracas, opposition deputy Miguel Pizarro called for protests outside military bases and to begin the transit of “humanitarian aid” on the country’s borders.

- Disinformation and pressure on security forces

(12:55 p.m.): The “humanitarian” operation is announced by Juan Manuel Olivares and Gabriela Arellano.

- Provocations begin against the Bolivarian National Police

(13:20 p.m.): A group of “humanitarian volunteers” on the Colombian side of Simón Bolívar International Bridge attempt to break through the Venezuelan police barricade.

- Trucks attempt to ram through police barricade

(14:10 p.m.): A group of “humanitarian volunteers” on the Venezuelan side, after a first attempt to cross the closed border at Ureña, rush the police barricade.

- Psychological operation in Santa Elena de Uairén

(14:45 p.m.): Three fights are started by violent groups in the city of Santa Elena de Uairén; the media reports one death.

- Maduro reports that the coup has been defeated and breaks relations with Colombia

(15:22 p.m.): During a massive demonstration on Urdaneta Avenue in Caracas, the President states,” The coup has been defeated thanks to the Chavista civic-military union.”

Source: Misión Verdad and Venezolana de Televisión (VTV).

[1] Antonio Pérez Bonalde, Venezuelan poet considered the country’s greatest exponent of lyrical poetry by critics.