Commemorating 200 years of the Battle of Carabobo
Pictured (l-r) Ambassador Ilya Rogachev of Russia, Ambassador Mehdi Agha Jafari of Iran, Ambassador André William Anguile of Gabon, Ambassador Mairin Moreno Mérida of Venezuela, Ambassador Rodolfo Benitez Verson of Cuba, Ambassador Mohamed Yeslem Beisat of Saharawi and Ambassador Salih Omar Abdu of Eritrea at the bust of Simón Bolívar at the Pretoria Art Museum
25 June 2021
The Battle of Carabobo, on 24 June 1821, was fought between independence fighters, led by Venezuelan General Simón Bolívar, and the Royalist forces, led by Spanish Field Marshal Miguel de la Torre. Bolívar's decisive victory at Carabobo led to the independence of Venezuela and establishment of the Republic of Gran Colombia.
In South Africa Mrs Mairin Moreno Mérida, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela held a wreath-laying ceremony at the bust of Simón Bolívar at the Pretoria Art Museum on 24 June 2021 to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Battle of Carabobo. Ambassador Moreno Mérida said that Venezuelans and people throughout the world celebrate this day with with great pride, as this Battle led by Liberator Simón Bolívar sealed the independence process for Venezuela, the consolidation of La Gran Colombia and also led to the liberation of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
Remarks by Mrs Mairin Moreno Mérida, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the wreath laying ceremony
We are here today to pay tribute to our liberator Simón Bolívar, Father of our Nation and liberator of America, as well as to commemorate the 200 years of the libertarian deed that sealed our independence, when the Liberator and the Patriot Army ended the hegemony of the Spanish monarchy on the Venezuelan territory.
We also want to celebrate the South African Youth month and to pay tribute to Hector Peterson, whose life was taken on June 16 1976 for fighting for his dreams and defending his rights.
Long live the South African Youth!!
I want to express my gratitude to you for joining us today to celebrate the Bicentennial of the Battle of Carabobo, which we celebrate in Venezuela and throughout the world with great pride, as this Battle led by our Liberator Simón Bolívar sealed the independence process for Venezuela, the consolidation of La Gran Colombia and also led to the liberation of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
200 years of Carabobo, Liberating Battle. This date is a date that we have put back at the epicentre of national events in recent years, the battle for freedom which has a special meaning. Carabobo was the crown at the top of a revolutionary process of Independence of more than a decade. Carabobo was the confluence of all; it was and must continue to be a symbol of union above our differences.
At that time, the threat was the Empire of more than three hundred years of colonial domination in our lands; lands that were made to be free; lands of South America.
The America of utopia and Carabobo must continue to be a sign of union today more than ever in order to defeat common enemies and to break the chains that for a long time have tied our people in misery and poverty; chains of dependence and underdevelopment that we have been unable to break for centuries, which today constitute the worst threats that are faced by the people of not only Venezuela, but also of Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond.
Today’s chains, the dependence that even reaches the cultural core of our societies and that forces us towards new liberating actions must, start from there; from the cultural, the moral as well as the ethical; because from there, the actions of this new feat must flow with force, 200 years after that liberating act and Independence.
The homeland of Bolívar was born to be an example of union and today from here in front of Bolívar, we call for the union of our Latin American, Caribbean and African peoples.
War and violence can not be the destiny of our country; this is rejected by Venezuelans. Our destiny has to be peace. When Venezuela went to war, it was to liberate, not only her own people, who liberated themselves as the Liberation Army under Bolívar's command, but it was also to liberate others.
So, those who might still be thinking in Venezuela that situations of violence must be encouraged, wherein the country must be destabilized, and where the military must be persuaded to attack the institutions or the Constitution, or those that are calling on other countries to impose sanctions and other unilateral coercive measures, or to intervene militarily in our country, we tell you, that they will find the people standing tall on their feet, as it has been until now and will continue to be, to defend the sovereignty and freedom that Simón Bolivar left us.
Commander Hugo Chávez, in his speech on June 24 2012, at the Army Military Academy, pointed out that the battle of Carabobo “… is the battle for the Homeland, it is the battle for life”, to culminate by establishing that Independence is the only way to have a homeland.
And Commander Chávez was right; this is the fight we are waging today as a people fighting for freedom and justice. 200 years ago, with the Liberator Simón Bolívar at the fore, we defeated the decadent and anachronistic Spanish colonial empire and as a result of the bloody liberation war of which the battle of Carabobo was a substantive part, we expelled them from Venezuela and the entire continent.
Two centuries later, we face the decadent imperialism that wants to destroy us as a people and as an emancipatory political, social, economic and cultural project, to subdue the struggles of the peoples of the continent for sovereignty and guarantee their hegemony of imperialism on the basis of the appropriation and exploitation of our natural wealth and the plundering of our peoples.
It is the battle of Carabobo today, the same fight for the same objectives of freedom, justice and peace of June 24, 1821 on the conditions that we have 200 years later. Its outcome will also be the same; the historical defeat of imperialism and the victory of Bolivarian and Chavista Socialism.
We will keep winning.