On the occasion of commemorating 19 years of the coup d'état on April 11, 2002, which led to the self-swearing in of Pedro Carmona Estanga as “interim president” of Venezuela on the 12th of that same month, the Venezuelan authorities recalled these events, highlighting the organizational capacity of the people to put an end to this attempt to establish a dictatorship in the country.
"We exalt the patriotism and wisdom of a people that managed to break, 19 years ago, the media siege, in the face of the coup," wrote President Nicolás Maduro through his account on the social network Twitter, where he warned that the protagonists of this anti-democratic action they are still on the lookout.
"Today they follow the same script, they try to establish hatred to break the tranquility of the Homeland," he wrote in another message where he recalled that on a day like today the protagonists of the coup carried out the siege against the Cuban embassy in Venezuela, an action that It was led by the then mayor of Baruta, Henrique Capriles Radonski.
For his part, the Minister for Defense, Vladimir Padrino López, published a video on his Twitter account where he stressed that these events must be remembered as "the most uncivil act that the people of Venezuela have seen in the last republican years of our country" .
"No more coups, no more treason and long live peace and anarchy die," he said.
For her part, deputy Cilia Flores pointed out that during "El Carmonazo" the protagonists of the coup "carried out the most atrocious act, repealing with" a stroke of the pen, "under self-swearing what the Revolution had achieved in popular and leading elections ”.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Internal Relations, Justice and Peace, Carmen Meléndez stressed that on April 12, 2002 the Venezuelan people "made themselves felt with the strength of their multiple voices, their indomitable spirit and the resistance inherited from our liberators and liberators." .
These statements were joined by the Minister for National Commerce, Eneida Laya, who highlighted the courage of the Cuban embassy officials who knew how to resist the siege while accusing these sectors of the opposition of using violence to achieve their political objectives. . "Here is a firm people for the defense of the Fatherland," he asserted.
Venezuelans remember this date when the coup leaders seized power with Pedro Carmona Estanga, initiating the persecution against the entire leadership of the Chávez government, which was reflected in the arrests of the then deputy Tarek William Saab, the then Minister of Internal Relations, Ramón Rodríguez Chacín, as well as the siege of the Cuban embassy under the premise that they housed the then Executive Vice President, Diosdado Cabello, and the mayor of Caracas Freddy Bernal, while the constitutional president was kidnapped by the military coup plotters.