[Marxism] Civic-military parade celebrates Ven.'s social programs

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Tue Aug 31 07:38:57 MDT 2004

Civic-Military Parade Celebrates Venezuela's Social Programs Monday, Aug
30, 2004 

By: Robin Nieto - Venezuelanalysis.com 

Caracas, August 29, 2004-As part of Chavez' referendum victory
celebrations, the armed forces and participants in the country's new
social programs called missions marched together in a show of
civic-military unity along Caracas' parade route, Los Proceres. 

Contingents of participants of the "Vuelvan Caras" program wore overalls
and carried picks and shovels while others pushed wheel barrels,
symbolizing labor and employment through the construction of community
infrastructure projects, which is the program's goal. Participants of
the "Vuelvan Caras" mission (employment) 

Indigenous people led by indigenous member of the National Assembly,
Noeli Pocaterra, marched for the "Misión Guaicaipuro," the national
program to reassert indigenous land rights as well as indigenous
community development. 

The army reserves also marched, as part of the Misión Miranda, showing
their enthusiasm rather than their military force, since they were
unarmed, some shouting "Viva Chavez!" and posing for cameras. 

For 51-year-old Jesus Sedeño, the march represented a culmination of a
history of struggle that began decades ago.  "I feel proud of this
revolution we have worked so long for. This is the product of that
work," Sedeño said. 

The combination of civil society and the military represents how the
missions are being administered as well as President Chavez' vision for
a Venezuelan society based on the social participation of both the armed
forces and the general population.  As a former paratrooper, Chavez has
in these past 6 years in office managed to integrate the military into
society by having them help coordinate numerous social programs 

However, it has taken Chavez years to persuade the general population
that the military can be more than just a repressive force against its
own people.  Livia Montes, a social worker who runs a local community TV
station says that in the beginning she saw Chavez as just another
military man, and she was very skeptical. "In the beginning I didn't
trust him, thinking that he was the same as the others," she said, "but
in seeing the work he started to do, we said, no, he really does want to
change things," Montes said. 

"The New Venezuela is born," Chavez said in his speech at the parade,
referring to the civic-military union, to the missions, to the
participation of three million Venezuelans in these missions, and to
massive public participation in the country's presidential referendum,
where almost 10 million people voted in a country with a population of 
25 million-the largest voter turn-out, in raw numbers, in Venezuelan

Chavez announced that the country has from now until December 31 to
institutionalize the missions and announced $100 million in funding for
this purpose, on top of the over $500 million he announced for the
housing mission, which is expected to become its own ministry in the
coming months. 

In all, there are 12 missions that cover the bases of society, including
health, education, housing, citizenship, and employment

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