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Maduro bathed in town in the state of Zulia

In the block near the Santa Bárbara church, where the caravan turned, a lot of motorcyclists greeted Maduro with whistles and bugles.

“Go millet.” The oriental-maracucha expression was heard from a lady who came close to the Tiuna where President Nicolás Maduro was sitting to begin the tour along Izquierda Street, adjacent to Paseo de La Chinita, in the historic center of Maracaibo. “There is our President for him to chew and swallow; swallow and chew,” the woman commented, explaining to a young man who accompanied her among the crowd of supporters who stood on the road to greet Maduro at around 4pm. 

From side to side people were eager to take a photo of the President who responded with kisses and his arms crossed on his chest as a sign of sending a hug. There were even those who mowed the mamon bushes to get a better shot. This is how the five blocks that Maduro traveled on the hood of the Tiuna driven by Diosdado Cabello passed. 

And in the block near the Santa Bárbara church, where the caravan turned, a lot of motorcyclists greeted the President with whistles and bugles. The activity was scheduled up to there. But the crowd continued along Tiuna until very far into Urdaneta Avenue, the old Padilla Avenue. From there the President headed to the Tibisay hotel (old Hotel del Lago) where the PSUV structure in Zulia was waiting for him, made up of street bosses and Bolívar-Chávez Electoral Battle Units, among others with their 1 ×10 in hand. 

In a space in the room was Francisco Ameliach, the one from the electoral strategy, reviewing the numbers. “We are doing very well here,” commented the former president of the National Assembly, reviewing pages and pages. “Here in Zulia there are 2 voters, 600% of the national electoral roll,” said the electoral expert. “In 12, Chavez beat Manuel Rosales in the presidential election and won in Zulia where he was governor,” Ameliach recalled. 

“Only the municipalities of Maracaibo and San Francisco gather 1 million 200 thousand votes,” explained Ameliach, who acknowledged that in Zulia Chavismo currently holds five of the 21 mayoralties: La Guajira, Miranda, Mara, Losada, Almirante Padilla and Semprún. The five mayors were at the event and Maduro greeted them one by one. But when he arrived at Casigua El Cubo (Jesús María Semprún municipality), the President remembered that his father, born in Sabanas Altas (Falcón), lived there. “Many born in Falcón came to study in Zulia,” he noted. 

In that act in front of the líderis from grassroots Chavismo, Maduro recalled that La Chinita saved his life that August 4, 2018 on Bolívar Avenue in Caracas when two drones loaded with explosives exploded. “Half an hour before, the cadets of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) had given me a replica of La Chinita,” recalled the Head of State who was at that event celebrating the 81 years of creation of the GNB. “I took the image of the virgin, put my hand on her head and said a prayer: protect the paths of my life,” Maduro said. 

The meeting with the party structure ended and Maduro said goodbye dancing gaitas. Halfway there he stopped the caravan to enter the Basilica of La Chinita, where the altarpiece with the image of the Virgin is located. Upon leaving, a group of workers from the parking lot in front of the temple stood in formation and greeted the president. They had a gift for him that Maduro placed around his neck at that moment. “A protective collar,” said one of them. Maduro talked for a while with the workers and when he was leaving they called him again. He, with his hand on his chest, gave them his word in compliance with something that these workers silently asked of him. 

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