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President Nicolas Maduro honored the journalists who bravely took to the streets to report what was happening during the April 11, 2002 coup attempt against Hugo Chavez.
During the "International Summit Against Fascism" held in Caracas on Tuesday, President Nicolas Maduro stressed that Venezuela's popular outlets work to break with the communication hegemony of the Western media against the Bolivarian Revolution.
"Our public outlets defend above all the rights of the Venezuelan people, especially those of social equity, freedom of expression, and information," Maduro pointed out.
He lamented that U.S.-backed Venezuelan private media supported the April 11, 2002 coup attempt against Hugo Chavez and the rise to power of Pedro Carmona, a businessman who encouraged chaos for three days in an attempt to consolidate himself as interim president.
“Those outlets blamed Chavez for the Puente Llaguno massacre, which was perplexed by the opposition-led Metropolitan Police to support the coup plotters,” Maduro recalled.
He also honored the journalists who bravely took to the streets to report what was really happening during the coup attempt and the patriots who defended the Bolivarian government in mass demonstrations.
"Besides reminding us of our enemies' greed, the 2002 events constitute an irrevocable lesson of loyalty, unity, and resistance,” Maduro said, stressing that his administration continues to defend Chavez’s ideals.
"We must have confidence and faith in the capacities of a well-informed citizenry and a popular government. If we continue to organize and guide our people, we will overcome,” he highlighted.