Friday, January 11th 2013 - 09:05 UTC

On inauguration day Chavez militants promise total loyalty and to defend his presidency

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans packed the centre of Caracas on the day that Hugo Chavez, cancer-stricken and hospitalized in Cuba for over a month, had to take office for another six years and ended the rally with hands up in a massive oath of loyalty to the president.

“We are militant soldiers of our Commander Hugo Chavez” yelled Maduro and crowd roared back “I am Chavez”

“I promise on the Bolivarian constitution that I will defend the presidency of Commander Chavez in the streets, with reason, with truth and with the force and intelligence of a people free from the yoke of the bourgeoisie!” cried out Vice-president Nicolas Maduro from the Miraflores Palace while the chorus of thousands of followers repeated every line.

The popular oath ceremony closed the rally organized by the government and which also included the presidents of Uruguay, Jose Mujica; Bolivia, Evo Morales; Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega and representatives from 27 Latinamerican and Caribbean countries, who attended in solidarity with President Chavez.

The undisputed Venezuelan leader re-re-elected last 7 October was unable to take office on Thursday before the National Assembly as indicates the constitution. The Supreme Justice Tribunal (TSJ) in a statement on Wednesday ruled that Chavez can take the oath before the TSJ when he in conditions to do so. Another option contemplated by the constitution and which in this case was interpreted as extensive to the whole government based on the ‘administrative continuity’ of re-election.

During the four-hour long event Maduro a former union leader from the underground workers and who Chavez anointed as his political successor if the president was not fit to rule, made a passionate speech from a stage mounted next to the presidential palace.

“Today, a month ago President Chavez underwent surgery… Now from here we are telling him keep on your battle that here you have a Bolivarian government and a revolutionary people supporting you”, said Maduro.

A month ago before leaving for Cuba for his fourth cancer operation, Chavez said farewell to fellow Venezuelans with a “life for ever” remark. But since then the leader who was a daily face in national screens for the last fourteen years was not seen or heard again.

The latest medical report on Monday read by the Maduro caretaker administration said that the president’s condition was “stationary” following respiratory insufficiency.

Nevertheless the sea of scarlet red, the colour which identifies Chavismo, started singing that with “Chavez and Maduro, the people feel safe”. The Vice president and officials in the stage then replied, ‘Uh, ah, Chavez is not leaving” while Russian Sukhoi fighter planes crossed the blue sky.

“I am Chavez” yelled the thousands of Chavez followers concentrated in from of Miraflores, most of them with red bonnets and red shirts and in some cases with a paper presidential sash with the Venezuelan colours.

Maduro then accused the opposition of looking for “one death, two deaths” so as “to fill the streets of Venezuela with blood in the demonstrations that they have announced for later in the month”. He was referring to the peaceful protest marches planned by several sectors of the opposition to counter the current rally.

“Today the government of Chavez begins a new period of battles” said Maduro inviting all those “who have their heart in the motherland and still are far from the revolution, join us; your are welcome, because the true union of the Venezuelan people we can say has been one of the great achievements of Chavez”.

“We are militant soldiers of our Commander Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias”, yelled Maduro to the roaring crowd.

However the rally evolved peacefully and with relief following Wednesday’s ruling by the Supreme Tribunal of Justice, STJ, saying that Chavez despite not having taken office, should not be removed and his government continues operating and working. The decision was accepted by opposition leader Henrique Capriles.

However a protest march has been organized by opposition lawmakers for January 23, the day which recalls the ousting of Dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez back in 1958. The motto for the event is “the reestablishment and defence of the constitution”.

Chavez has permission from the National Assembly, under control of his party to remain absent from the country “all the time he needs to address his illness”. The TSJ also rejected declaring the “temporary absence” of the president, as demanded by the opposition and which is limited to six months after which fresh elections must be held.

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1 Boovis (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 10:08 am Report abuse
Here's a tip for you, if your country's leadership has a militant wing or your leader is seen regularly in public either in a military uniform or flanked by others in them: you're living in a second rate nationalistic sh1thole and any claims of democracy are equally bullpoo.
2 ChrisR (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 11:30 am Report abuse
Pepe to the fore, so that's alright then!

Makes you wonder about the mental stability of the entire continent at times like this.

They seem to be akin to the rabble of the French Revolution.
3 eteega (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 11:30 am Report abuse
If he ever returns he will be a “Dead Man Walking”
A Personal belief: Cancer can be a dormant variety or an active variety...if it's dormant and you don't treat it you die of something else...if they treat it it is hailed as a success.
If the cancer is an active variety and you treat it then they cut out a bit; and another bit, and another bit and then you die after much painful time at the hands of the medical butchers. If you don't treat it you live a little bit longer than you would with treatment, and then you die without the pain and abuse of the medical profession.
4 scottbart (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 01:09 pm Report abuse
south america will be a much better place once this arsehole is dead!
5 Gordo1 (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 01:11 pm Report abuse
What mature behaviour!
6 Tobers (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 01:41 pm Report abuse
Always an effing revolution! This type of politics can only exist with
-revolution- so therefor theres never an end to the revolution.
7 pgerman (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 02:19 pm Report abuse
For God's sake !! how strange is this..

I have always believed that the President or chief of the Government is the one who swears loyalty to the people and the Constitution. was tought and educated this way....though I was educated in Argentina during the years the militars were ruling the Country....

Most probably Nestor Kirchner will be the person who will have to take swear to Chavez.....
8 ptolemy (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 02:20 pm Report abuse
Virtual presidency , huh,... El Cid! El Cid! El Cid!
9 reality check (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 02:38 pm Report abuse
Christ! . Richard PRYOR has been reincarnated and is giving a speech at a Chav rally.
10 Tobers (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 02:55 pm Report abuse
And why is he wearing a TEAM USA tracksuit?

On the one hand its 'Hes one of us! Hes one of us!' on the other hand 'Hes our saviour! Worship him!'

Make your minds up!!
11 Boovis (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 04:11 pm Report abuse
I'm Spartacus!!
12 Raven (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 04:51 pm Report abuse
@1 I totally agree.

@11 NO! I am Spartacus!
13 Gordo1 (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 04:57 pm Report abuse
So the Venezuelan regime is now, by all democratic and international recognised terms, ILLEGAL!
14 agent999 (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 05:09 pm Report abuse
So it looks like Paraguay are the Mercosur member that actually follows its constitution.
15 KFC de Pollo (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 05:30 pm Report abuse
Its quite stupid of them not to have new elections straight away as all indicators point to the vice president winning but by pro longing the comatosed chavez they might just lose power in the next elections!
16 Britninja (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 05:40 pm Report abuse
I'm just waiting for them to wheel out Chav's brain-in-a-jar hooked up to a computer. Cyber Chavez can rule the silly twats for eternity then.
17 agent999 (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 06:03 pm Report abuse
Poor Cristina has paid so much for her flight with a British jet to visit Cuba and is not allowed to visit her boyfriend Chevez.
18 wangito (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 07:03 pm Report abuse
“I promise on the Bolivarian constitution that I will defend the presidency of Commander Chavez in the streets, with reason, with truth and with the force and intelligence of a people free from the yoke of the bourgeoisie!” cried out Vice-president Nicolas Maduro from the Miraflores Palace while the chorus of thousands of followers repeated every line.

This is the cry not of Maduro and co. This is the cry of dictatorship.
This is when a leader doesn't know when to quit. Why isn't he telling the Venezuelans what he really wants? What are his plans in-case... or is he unable to talk? Not all Germans wanted Hitler, but he managed to destroy Germany anyhow. Chavez, your ego trip is over, give Venezuela back to the Venezuelans!
19 commonsparrow (#) Jan 12th, 2013 - 02:14 am Report abuse
Chavez is an autocrat. History has shown that after the ”overthrow' of an autocrat, things can get much worse. I hope it does not come to that, things can get much worse before they ever get better. What is a militant soldier anyway, a terrorist?
20 ChrisR (#) Jan 12th, 2013 - 11:18 am Report abuse
19 commonsparrow

Perhaps in SA a 'militant soldier' is a terrorist, but tthe UK armed forces are all members of a military force dedicated to upholding the Queen (and therefore the county).

No terrorist in our armed forces: some absolutely magic KILLERS of our enemies, but that is what they are there for. 42 Commando, 3 Para, SAS, SBS, and others such as the Ghurkhas that will frighten the living shit out of the argie 'military' if TMBOA kicks it all off again.

And I think she will if (when) things at home get really bad for the Peronists: what else is left by that time, she has already pulled most of the stunts out of the Junta bag of black magic? She is certainly mentally unstable enough to think it would be worth it.
21 reality check (#) Jan 12th, 2013 - 12:17 pm Report abuse
Read a story on the net, sorry I lost the link, about a retired Gurkha travelling on a train in India, he was probably from one of the Indian Army Regiments.

Anyway, the train was held up by 20 armed bandits, who proceeded to help themself to the passengers wallets, mobile phones, lap tops etc.

The Gurkha did nothing, until these scum bags thought they would have some fun by raping a young girl.

Out came the Khukri, five minutes later, three of them were dead, four wounded and the rest of them running for their miserable lifes.

The Ghurkas explanation, “I had to protect the little sister!”

“If any tells you he is not afraid of dying, He is either lying or he his a Gurkha.”

All honour to these sons of Nepal.
22 cornelius (#) Jan 12th, 2013 - 01:20 pm Report abuse
The Bolivarian will do anything to stay in power they are using the wealth of the state also by confiscating private properties, the peoples tremendous lack of education is the Bolivarian best asset thanks to generations of previous governments that did not care about education.
Since the people only have the state for their sustenance they are dependent on the state thus creating a total state of dependency “The welfare democracy” technically they are a democracy but it is unsustainable in the long term only Venezuela can prolong because of oil.
Argentina is the country to watch I believe CK will not finish the constitutional term because her economic options to sustain the welfare are few and depends on Soy beans and the weather of course
23 ChrisR (#) Jan 12th, 2013 - 05:55 pm Report abuse
21 reality check

Before I left the UK to retire, I was proud to have four time-served Ghurkhas as my friends.

Believe me; I would NOT want to cross these guys, fearless does NOT come into it.

Having said that, they have a real respect for the lives of others and are totally trustworthy. The UK government treated them like shit and it was only Joanna Lumley who managed to get justice for them.
24 Simon68 (#) Jan 14th, 2013 - 05:29 pm Report abuse
For those that are interested here is the web page for the lone ghurka story:

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