“The coup has already been defeated” declared Nicolas Maduro mid-morning on Tuesday the 16th. At that time there were seven people who were assassinated by fascist bands who were activated the night before in attacks at headquarters of PSUV (Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela), CDI health centers and houses recently turned over by the government to displaced families. Also at that point during the day, the call for a general strike did not materialize. The call was made by the Nazi high command led by the failed candidate on April 14th.
The true relation of forces were expressed in the constant mobilization of millions and millions of people from the 9th of December to the 11th of April, when Maduro closed the electoral campaign. At that point, 7 central avenues of Caracas were overflowing with men and women committed to the revolution. The true correlation of forces was not borne out correctly by the election results. It was a feat of the Revolution to have obtained 50.75% of the vote. But it is only from an electoral viewpoint (bourgeois or reformist) that interprets the reality based solely on votes cast. Votes cast are indications that have to be dealt with as a measure of the state of enthusiasm at any particular time, but it does not reveal the full dynamic of a Revolution.
Meeting with the Executive Board and the entire group of operation chiefs of the petroleum enterprise, Maduro repeated that he did not make a pact with the bourgeoisie: “Here what we have is a Socialist Revolution, Revolution, Revolution”, he affirmed amid a roar that echoed throughout the chamber, coming from outside, where spontaneously thousands of petroleum workers had come together. On the contrary, we can radicalize the Revolution and attack the causes of a lack of supply and all problems that are confronting our nation, commented Maduro before a thunderous standing ovation of the chiefs of the enterprise. All was transmitted by the national chain of radio and television.
Rafael Ramirez, president of PDVSA, gave an exhaustive report of the state of the enterprise, functioning to its fullest with the workers ready to reject any attack such as the ones that occurred last night, when fascist groups were rejected when they attempted to enter the installations of the enterprise.
Despite the escalating tension, the overall situation has been calm. Maduro engaged in his energetic official activity, taking advantage of each occasion to exemplify an attitude of firmness in confronting the blackmail of a coup. He announced that a national march prepared for the occasion “will not enter Caracas. We will not have another April 11th.” He added that the opposition has entered a situation that it does not know how to get out of. There are three governors of the opposition who if they follow with the position adopted by the leadership of the ultra right, will find themselves confronting a direct response: “I do not recognize a governor who does not recognize me; I do not recognize a governor behind the coup. Instead of sending the money stipulated by the budget to him, instead, I will send it to the people.”
Maduro also denounced the government of the United States as the party responsible for the escalating tension behind the coup attempt. He anticipated that he will present the proof of direct interference by way of the local fascist leadership. Defeated once again, the imperialist conspiracy will continue. It is the task of every revolutionary man and woman in the world to contribute to the articulation of the most ample front in defense of the Socialist Bolivarian Revolution. Here we define the correlation of forces between the United States and the peoples and government that look towards liberation from oppression. The battle involves all of us.