Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations

Hugo Chávez

I hope you will always allow me these personal secrets that come from my heart, because I speak to the people, even though I cannot see them; I know that you are out there, sitting here and there, listening to Hugo, Hugo your friend. Not the President, but the friend, the soldier

To talk of Chávez is to talk of the Leader of the Bolivarian Revolution; without a doubt, it is to talk of the man who arose from among the people with the firm conviction that Venezuela should be fully liberated from any imperialist claim that might threaten the Homeland of Bolivar.

From a humble, working class family, Commander Chávez managed to unify collective needs and bring ordinary people out of the shadows, people who, under the “democracy” of Venezuela’s Punto Fijo Pact, were subjected to the most terrible living conditions and unimaginable ignorance.

With Chávez, these downtrodden people came out into the light, raised their voices and took to the streets, never again to allow the yearning for liberty and independence, finally achieved 200 years after our libertarian struggles, to be wrenched from their hands.

This rostrum still smells like sulphur! Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this very podium, the President of the United States, whom I call “the Devil”, came here speaking as if he owned the world. It would take a psychiatrist to analyse the speech given yesterday by the President of the United States. As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to give his formula to try and maintain the current scheme of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world.