Publicado el 07-09-2012
July 5th and the
Venezuelans in Florida
With great patriotic dignity, the Venezuelans in exile that already are thousands and mostly living in South Florida, celebrated this July 5th, their country’s independence.
Obviously, the celebration included important and encouraging statements about what is happening in Venezuela under the dictatorship of Hugo Chávez. The overwhelming joy evident at different times and places did not outshine in any way the fundamental theme of Venezuela’s liberty in these days when a dictatorship is weighing on the Venezuelan spirit and they need to reassert their determination to fight to recover their lost freedom.
This Venezuelan patriotism should in no way surprise those who outside of Venezuela are witnessing not only this anniversary but also the sad reasons represented by a dictatorship in their country, which has forced them to seek asylum abroad. That is why there are thousands of Venezuelans in Florida who yearn for their country and that reiterate, every fifth of July, their love, devotion and loyalty.
Of course, in the midst of difficult political circumstances, inside Venezuela the date was celebrated not only by those who support the dictatorship but also by those who with dignity and courage fight against it.
Here in Florida, as all over the world, there are Cubans who identify with those who fight for freedom because Cuba ceased to be a republic for more than fifty-two years now. And those Cubans in exile, in their homes or in public places expressed their solidarity with the Venezuelans’ yearnings for freedom. The Cubans do the same thing, under similar circumstances, with other groups of exiles who are in this area of South Florida.
All wish that Venezuela will recover its absolute freedom, although recognizing that there are today large sectors of the country that are fighting for its freedom, which indicates that this has not been totally banished.
DIARIO LAS AMERICAS greets the Venezuelans on the anniversary of their independence on July 5th, expressing wishes for that republic to again shine brilliantly, without shadows or blemishes.