Venezuelans Explain Why They Support the Bolivarian Revolution
By Venezuelan citizens, Venezuelanalysis.com
With the reelection of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez looking likely after almost fourteen years in power, Venezuelanalysis.com set out to discover why the majority of the Venezuelan people support the Bolivarian Revolution and its leader, Hugo Chavez. Here are a selection of the responses we received, views which are very rarely reported in the world's mainstream media. Translations provided.
"The Bolivarian Socialist Front of Older Adults of Merida State supports the revolutionary process and president Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias because he is the only president who has known how to understand the priorities and needs of this vulnerable sector of the population, as older adults are, thereby allowing for their inclusion in social security. Long live Chavez!"">.
"I have always voted for Chavez because there is no one else like him, who doesn't fear anything, who speaks directly. Socialism is having a broad mind, full of wisdom, studying".">.
"We love Chavez because he is the president who has given the most power to the people. We love you."">.
"I, John Marquez, vote for Chavez because of the social missions, so that they can continue, and so that the development of housing, hospitals, schools, and full sovereignty can continue for ever!"">.
"We vote for Chavez because he takes the needs of the people into consideration, and that's why he created the missions - as help and improvement - long live our comandante"">.
"Let's go Venezuelan people, with our revolutionary flags, to defeat the inhuman capitalist and neocolonial proposal of the empire and the Venezuelan right wing!"">.
"I vote for President Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias because I reclaim Bolivar's sword for the construction of 21st century socialism, with financial and social emancipation of the countries of Latin America. (He) has raised the morale of all those oppressed by the yoke of the empires. Now, in 13 years, we have a better standard of living for the people, with the missions, and international exchange like with the CELAC and Unasur. Until victory, always. We'll live and we'll overcome. They won't return."">.
I'm voting for the Bolivarian revolution because... "after all these years this is the first time that people with disabilities are being taken into account, providing them with the equality that corresponds to them as human beings, as stipulated in article 81 of our Carta Magna"">.
"I vote for Chavez because he has shown (us) socialism, and solidarity for the people of Venezuela, and Chavez is homeland”.">.
"I support the revolution because I have seen the people's project and social participation in change materialised, and even though there's still a lot to improve, I know that altogether and working without rest, we will transform this paradigm"">.
I"m voting for the Bolivarian Revolution ..."for the future, for equality, and for social rights, this is why I vote for Chavez".">.
"I vote for the revolution because its the only system that frees and respects human beings"">.
"For the hope of a Latin America liberated from dehumanisation"">.
I'm voting for the Bolivarian revolution... "because we're very close to achieving or concluding many of our projects which benefit the Venezuelan people. Long live the revolution and Venezuelans' unity"">.
"Why I vote for Chavez: because he opened our eyes to the truth. I love Chavez, my leader."">.
I'm voting for Chavez "for being the best president that Venezuela has had, he helps those who most need it and he identifies with the ideals of the liberator Simon Bolivar. We'll live and we'll overcome!"">.
I'm voting for Hugo Chavez "so that there is social equality and our revolution continues to advance".">.
I'm voting for Chavez ... "for being the only leader who is humane, socialist, humble, passionate about justice and social equality, lover of true values and an example for the peoples of Our America and the whole world - Fabiola Pabon"">.
"...for socialism, so that man lives in just one epoch- the human one"">.
"Because its proof that we don't have to suffer the disaster and destruction that is capitalism, that we can construct another world. That's why the impact and hope of the revolution goes beyond its borders"">.
"I support the Bolivarian revolution because its the only political process that has given dignity back to Venezuelans"">.
I"m voting for the Bolivarian revolution... "For believing, for inclusion, for the freedom to be, for gender diversity".">.
"Chavez, heart of the people. Love is paid back with love. Revolution at 1000x 100%. Signed (names)."">.
"I vote for 'El Comandante' (Chavez) because in 13 years he has given us freedom, and above all because I love my homeland"">.
I'm voting for the Bolivarian revolution "for the right of all Venezuelans to a model of inclusion where equality exists, and towards the path of socialism"">.
I'm voting for the Bolivarian revolution because... "it returned our homeland to us, the patriotic meaning that Bolivar struggled for. For peace, independence, love, for my children, I vote for Chavez".">.
"I vote for Chavez because of independence and national and Latin American and Caribbean sovereignty"">.
"I vote for president Chavez, for the revolution, and because I love him"">.
I'm voting for the Bolivarian revolution... "for the simple and strong reason that our president has made our Venezuela a great country and so that every Venezuelan can live a beautiful revolution. Long live Chavez, Long live Venezuela."">.
"I vote for Chavez for equality, for the health of the people. Community integral medicine. Chavez, I love you"">.
I'm voting for the Bolivarian revolution ..."For Latin American unity, for health, education, and for culture... long live the revolution. Chavez for president."">.
"I'm voting for Chavez because I want change for my country, with a lot of education, culture, and freedom"">.
"We support the president for our independence, for social justice, for our children, and for Bolivar. Chavez, Venezuela. Commune Indio Caribay">.
Community station Tatuy TV: "We're voting for Chavez because he taught us the meaning of the word 'dignity' and to recognise ourselves as humble people, protagonists in our own history"">.
Published on Oct 6th 2012 at 4.08pm