5 feb. 2010

18 years of the historic feat of February 4

RNV-Presidential Press
5 Febrero 2010

About midnight, close to dawn on Tuesday, February 4, 1992 began the "Ezequiel Zamora" insurrectional operation. Its background: poverty, repression and corruption that plagued the Venezuelan people, and the hopes in the soul of a nation to change a system already run out: neoliberalism and Pact of Punto Fijo.

The starring actors were civilians and militaries driven by ideals of justice, of homeland, and therefore the intention to change a government whose policies conformed to the interests of a minority, subject to the rules of international organizations that offered help in exchange for the sacrifice of the people, and that in consequence was beating the quality of life of the majority.

The actions were led by Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Chávez, and with him, Francisco Javier Arias Cardenas, Yoel Acosta Chirinos, Jesus Urdaneta Hernandez and Jesus Ortiz Contreras.

These men, born from the womb of the people, and that the night before had left their homes and families, directed combats for about 15 hours in Caracas and the states of Zulia, Carabobo and Miranda against the forces of the government led by Carlos Andrés Pérez.

The scenarios were the military garrisons, the Military History Museum, the Parachutists Regiment of Aragua, the Armored Brigade of Valencia, the Miraflores Palace and the Generalissimo Francisco de Miranda Airbase.

Meanwhile, a people eager to know who was the leader of this insurrection that momentarily puzzled the country and then shook their hearts and ideas. A people who three years before had massively taken the streets in a desperate attitude to reject the policies of the government of Carlos Andrés Pérez.

The insurrection failed. It was betrayed hours before the operation started. Then began the painful surrendering, and about noon of February 4, the Ezequiel Zamora insurrection had a face. Facing the TV cameras was Hugo Chávez Frías, assuming and acknowledging, with a message that anticipated to us their mettle and the steps to follow: "Comrades: unfortunately, for now, the goals we set were not achieved".

Today, 18 years after these events, the ideals that motivated them have been highlighted, have transcended the country and travel the world. With February 4, was struck down the Pact of Punto Fijo, and was generated a new political reality in Venezuela. In the economic and social scopes, the construction work stands still.