From Hugo Trejo to Hugo Chávez

Between these two characters there were many coincidences which started with the same name and followed the same hierarchy. Both were lieutenant colonel, a rank that allowed them to lead troops, and as if that were not enough between their uprisings there were 34 years and 34 days; In the case of Trejo, on January 1, 1958, which marked the fall of Marcos Pérez Jiménez 22 days later, while the latter led the insurrection of February 4, 1992, for which, upon failure, he assumed responsibility for what He was sent to prison in the San Carlos Barracks and later in the Yare prison where the Liberator Simón Bolívar had a farm.

In the case of Hugo Trejo, there was a lot of recognition, but the influence he acquired in the population and in the FAN led him abroad for ten years. Upon his return he no longer had any influence and entered a retirement situation; By then the Armed Forces were penetrated by the North American empire, the same one that had set up the military dictatorships in Latin America, decorating many of them, as was the case of Pérez Jiménez.

A different situation occurred with the other Hugo, since the prestige he achieved before the Venezuelan people was used by Rafael Caldera who practically defended the rebels on February 4, for which he was taken to the Presidency for the second time. In 1994 the President Caldera ordered the release of Chávez and the rest of the insurgents on February 4. Chávez, already in freedom, dedicated himself to touring the country and on December 6, 1998 he would win the first magistracy. With Chávez, Bolivianism came to power, maintained by his successor Nicolás Maduro Moros.

"Colonel Hugo Trejo does not need an introduction, but those of us who were his companions, those of us who had the honor of serving under his orders and accompanying him on that long stretch that meant the preparation, organization and execution of the insurgency of January 1958, XNUMX, must to say that he was a victim of injustice and cruelty from those who did not forgive him for his exemplary attitude ”. It was Brigadier General Evelio Gilmon Báez who issued these words.

For her part, journalist Eva Golinger in her book Bush versus Chávez quotes Donald Rumsfeld, who was the US Secretary of Defense, speaking about Chávez “I can't imagine why Venezuela needs 100.000 AK-47s”. When journalists asked about the evidence, he replied, "I have no evidence.

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