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Chávez’ Lines – Haiti, Haiti!

By Hugo Chávez Frías

History is bringing us to Haiti in such a painful and difficult moment.

Haiti: the world’s first black Republic, our America’s first Republic, early in 1804, January 1, after having defeated the Napoleonic troops in a 12-year war (1791-1803). Haiti: the Black Jacobins, Toussaint l’Ouverture and Alejandro Petion.

Miranda’s Haiti; he arrived there with his dream of liberating a whole continent and, as it happened with Bolívar ten years after, he would receive all the support of the Black Jacobins; On March 12, 1806, from the Leander, Miranda raised for the first time our flag in Haitian coasts.

Bolívar’s Haiti, with the Cays Expedition (1816) with the unconditional support of the illustrious Petion, who only asked Bolívar to liberate the slaves. Thus, Bolívar called him “The author of our freedom”. The in contact with the reality of the “world’s most democratic republic” – in his words – Bolívar finished forging the courage of his revolutionary spirit.

Haiti is, then, holy land for us.

I have this heroic and long-suffering people of Haiti in my soul with its boundless love and its great hope. In March 2007, the strength of its love and hope made me run on the streets of Port of Prince, which made me fell among brothers and sisters.

This devastating earthquake is one more tragedy to the infinite suffering of the Haitian people since so many years ago.

For Bolívar and Petion, we have settle a historic debt. Thus, Venezuela is at Haiti’s orders. There are already two humanitarian brigades working in Petion’s homeland and some others will take off soon. Likewise, we launched a campaign in solidarity with Haiti and the Venezuelan people is showing up as usual.

For Petion and Bolívar: We shall overcome!


The economic measures we took respond to the need of solving a situation in the framework of a dynamic and complex transition process.

There are no magic wands to solve every economic matter. Above all when the purpose is to guarantee the economic sovereignty of the country.

After we assumed the exchange control, we have been evaluating closely the behavior of the national economy and this has permitted us to alleviate the internal effects of the capitalist world crisis that ended up destabilizing all the economies of the region.

We are today in the inevitable urgency of applying economic solutions. Certainly, the decisions made might cause uneasiness, for every change produces anxiety.

I am confident of the people’s consciousness and I know it will not founder before the false alarm that the pro-Yankee media try to bring forward: they pretend to make believe that the gate of hell was opened and that the government will burn in its own fire from now on. As it has been up to date, they will continue waiting the disastrous results.

There is no good decision but the one made in time in response to the particularities of the historic moment; the opposite, is to postpone the solution or to hide the head and we will not do so.

Every new step we make in revolution implies not only risks but above all new challenges: he demonstrated our disposition to face them, with responsibility, and commitment, having in our hearts the deepest needs of the Venezuelan people.

Modifying the value of our currency in relation to the dollar is only the most superficial step of what we propose indeed. Certainly we are re-valuating the bolívar and assuming new challenges.

Firstly, we will be stronger to face the rude speculative practices that financially distort the real value of the goods and services.

The State, in this connection, could not continue giving exchange benefits to those who decided at their will what to import as necessary goods, which really were sumptuous articles sold at uncontrollable prices.

Thus, the National Plan Against Speculation was created this week. We are creating conditions to generate a true reinforcement of the national industry so to satisfy the most genuine interests of the country.

We cannot continue immeasurably importing products that we are able to start producing. So I call on the good will of the small and medium businesspersons and investors wanting to go with us in the undertaking of a new economic model.

Last Wednesday we created the Social Production Bicentenary Fund, which is the first step in the consolidation of a supporting policy towards national production sovereignty.

This will permit us not only to diversify and increase the production of goods and services to satisfy our needs but also to acquire a new strength by exporting our own products.

This situation should be use then to undertake with honesty and responsibility the building of a non rentier country where there is no petroleum dependence.

A capital matter of the Venezuelan transition towards socialism is the global metamorphosis of the rentier model: in the structural change of the model of capital accumulation we follow; the change depends on the productive diversification we are oriented towards in order to definitively defeat the rentier model.


I want to reiterate a strategic guideline that I mentioned last Friday in my intervention in the National Assembly on the occasion of the presentation of the 2009 annual report: we must continue dismounting the old Bourgeois State and accelerating the process of building of the new Social and Democratic State, with right and justice as established in our constitution. It is a historical need and a categorical imperative for the continuity and deepening of the Bolivarian Revolution, towards socialism.

We cannot give oxygen to the Bourgeois State. On the contrary, take it off is necessary for it to definitely extinguish.

The Bourgeois State is still alive in the surging State: from its spaces it sabotages, it hampers the creation of a new institution.

There is still a long way for the new State to consolidate: We are moving towards it. Its consolidation depends on how capable we are to materialize the leading role of the communal power: the popular power in all its expressions.

The Popular Power is the spirit and fire of another way of making a State and a Government. We must make real what Kléber Ramírez said many years ago: “... It is time for the communities to assume powers of the State, which will administratively take the Venezuelan State to a global transformation and the society to really exercise sovereignty through the communal powers.”

Homeland, Socialism or Death!

We shall overcome!

Hugo Chávez Frías has been the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela since taking office in February of 1999.

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