Caracas, September 20th 2012 (Venezuelanalysis) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez met with thousands of the country’s youth on Wednesday in Caracas, where he called on them to keep organising to guarantee the victory of the revolution ahead of the country’s presidential elections in October.
The Venezuelan president, who is standing against right-wing candidate Capriles Radonski in the October elections, appealed to those in the crowd to take to the streets in order to mount “the perfect battle” for the elections.
“I am asking you, with that incredible atomic energy that you possess and with that intelligence and consciousness, that you give it your all in these remaining days… it’s a battle we have to win” said Chavez.
The event was held in a sports stadium in Caracas, where youths waved banners and chanted slogans in support of the socialist president. Many young artists and sportspeople attended the rally, including the Olympic boxer, Karla Maglioco, who said that Venezuelan athletes felt “committed to the revolution, and that’s why we are giving our total support to the revolutionary, Hugo Chavez Frías, on October 7th”.
As well as speaking about the elections, Chavez went on to outline the advances made by the Bolivarian revolution for young people in the areas of sport, education and culture, and contrasted the Venezuelan model with that of Europe.
“Capitalism is robbing the youth’s future, whilst socialism gives them back their homeland and makes their present good and their future big,” he told the crowd
The Venezuelan head of state was also presented with a technological project by Ricardo Javier Gómez, an electrical engineer from the National Experimental University of Security (UNES). The project is a robot designed to help with the harvesting of citrus fruit and was carried out with the support of national government.
“Today scientists and technologists are studying the needs of the worker, because we know that agricultural work is a difficult job,” said Gomez.
The engineer also emphasised that the technological support provided by the Chavez administration is different from that of capitalist governments, as it doesn’t seek to replace the worker or “separate the worker from his place of work, but to make that work easier,” Gomez explained.
Chavez also told the youths that they would be responsible for carrying out the socialist project that began with his election in 1998.
“Trust in me, because I’m putting my life and all my efforts at your orders, so you can accelerate and deepen (the project of) your homeland, which is the socialist homeland… I am counting on you for October 7th, boys and girls, you can count on Chavez your whole life,” he said.
Spokespeople from the youth sector of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (JPSUV) at the event said that they were actively committed to supporting Chavez in his bid to win the elections with more than 10 million votes.
“On October 7th we will give a resounding victory to the homeland’s candidate, and a defeat to the ‘majunche’ (deadbeat opposition),” said a militant from the JPSUV to Venezuelan news channel, RNV.