Venezuela was collectively transformed. "Chavez is closing the cycle post-operatively." His surgery was "long" and "difficult." He's recovering well. He's fully aware of what's going on at home.
Fidel Castro extended his family great support. "We have to acknowledge his great humanity and humanism." Raul joined him in offering help.
Chavez "enter(ed) a new phase." More information will be forthcoming. Maduro plans returning to Cuba to see him. He's experiencing his "best days after surgery."
Maduro's optimistic about his return. His medical team will decide when. They want him in the "best condition." Their primary goal is assuring his full recovery.
Maduro said Chavez is Venezuela's leader, its mentor, its teacher. He reflects Bolivarian fairness. Venezuelans are greatly indebted. They're better off because of him.
January 23 is Democracy Day in Venezuela. It commemorates 1958 on that date. It's when a civil/military rebellion ended Marcos Perez Jimenez's dictatorship.
On Wednesday, hundreds of thousands rallied supportively nationwide. Estimates ranged up to a million. Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD) leaders urged supporters out on the same day. Small numbers responded.
Bolivarianism had its day. It wasn't to be denied. America and other Western societies can't imagine this type support. It happens often.
Venezuelans appreciate Chavismo and show it.
The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and supportive organizations rallied under the slogan "The people will never be betrayed again."
Maduro addressed them in Caracas. Responsively they chanted "We're all Chavez." Placards, banners, and t-shirts displayed popular sentiment.
Dark forces never quit. Opposition hardliners distributed a document. It's called "Manifesto to democratic Venezuelan society and the National Armed Force."
Venezuelans call them Bolivarian Armed Forces. They serve popular interests. They perform services when needed. They partner with regional militaries.
They don't threaten or attack neighbors. They don't depose or assassinate popular leaders. Secret prisons don't exist.
They have no nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. Torture isn't used. They're a force for good, not ill.