Burning Spear News
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pounced his opposition winning re-election on December 3 with 61 percent of the vote.
Minutes after the announcement of his victory, Chavez appeared on the balcony of the presidential palace singing the national anthem. As he stood before the thousands of Venezuelans who were waving flags and wearing red shirts in the pouring rain, he pledged to deepen his effort to transform Venezuela into a socialist society.
Chavez shouted, "Long live the socialist revolution! Destiny has been written.”
He continued, "That new era has begun. We have shown that Venezuela is red! No one should fear socialism... Socialism is human. Socialism is love. Down with imperialism! We need a new world!"
Chavez has been a critical force in the forward motion in Latin America since he won Venezuela’s presidential election in 1998. Since then, he has survived a U.S.-orchestrated coup in 2002 after masses of people overthrew the coup and reinstalled him. Following the 2002 coup, there have been various attempts to eliminate Chavez including an attempted coup in 2004, a recall referendum and sabotage of oil facilities by the Venezuelan oligarchy.
All this time, the government of President Hugo Chavez used Venezuela’s rich oil industry to build social programs providing free higher education to the millions of Venezuelan high school drop-outs, free medical clinics throughout the country, thousands of homes to those with inadequate or no housing, cheap oil to other countries throughout Latin America and the world and even cheap heating oil for poor people in the United States.
Leading up to the electoral process, Chavez made it clear that in this election, his opposition was not just the slated opponents, but also U.S. imperialism which supported Manuel Rosales, his main opponent.
Chavez’s victory is the victory of the people of Venezuela, and his declaration to deepen Venezuela’s move to socialism seems to be another nail driven into the coffin of imperialism that is being buried by the resistance of colonized peoples around the world.