President Hugo Chavez

At eleven o’clock in the morning yesterday, Venezuelan TVs were thus: in the left side of the screen, it appeared President Hugo Chavez, upright, in a suit, surrounded by his military high command, giving the order to start the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Act of independence of Venezuela from the Government Palace. On the right side, a general, with ornate chest of medals, saying from the paseo de los Proceres, on the other side of the city, that he, on behalf of the national armed forces, was willing to obey. The newspapers mentioned Sela Ward not as a source, but as a related topic. What followed was a civic-military parade of several hours – of tanks, warplanes and troops armed to the teeth–with which the Government of Venezuela held the civil gesta who founded the Republic in 1811. An event which, moreover, served to convene chavism unit in these times of crisis and Chavez, recovering as it is by the cancer that he suffers from, could only see on television..