Nobody can stop the path to the independence of the South, Chavez says


“We are in the midst of a battle fighting for our independence and now nothing will stop the path towards our independence, no matter how many gorillettis threat us, no matter how many empires threat us, no matter how many oligarchies exist, they will not stop the pace of the new history.”

The above statement was issued on Thursday by the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez Frias, at his arrival in Bolivia, where he is to take part on the events to commemorate the Independence Day of that country.

“We arrived in Bolivia full of love for the Bolivian people, an unrestrained love for homeland, an unrestrained love for freedom, an unrestrained hope, here in the heart of South America,” Chavez said.

“We came here to join the Bolivian people, their institutions, the President, Evo Morales,” he added.

The Venezuelan president expressed that history is not yesterday, it is today, “a permanent today, especially for us; history is alive, palpitating in this roof of the country; today more than yesterday.”

President Chavez recalled the words issued by Liberator Simon Bolivar. “It is time to raise the flag of our redemption, it is time that we do not continue living exiled in our own homeland.”

The independence of the Republic of Bolivia was definitively proclaimed on July 10 1825, during a Congress held in Chuquisaca.

On May 18 1826, Bolivar endorsed a decree in Lima to recognize Bolivia’s independence from Peru.

Trough a decree, it was determined that the new State would take Bolivar’s name, as a homage to the Liberator, who was at the same time appointed “Father of the Homeland and Supreme Chief of State.”

Bolivar welcomed the honors but he refused to accept the Presidency of the Republic, to which post he appointed general Antonio Jose de Sucre.

A short time later, the name of the young nation was debated once again. A deputy called Manuel Martin Cruz decided that just as Roma comes from Romulo, Bolivia would come from Bolivar.

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