Maduro announces military civic exercises

ejercicios-militar-enero-630Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro announced Wednesday that as part of the actions to commemorate the bicentenary of the popular hero, General Ezequiel Zamora, the first day of civic-military exercises, called Zamora 200, will take place on January 14, 2017.
“I have given the order to do the first military exercises of territorial defense, air defense, Zamora 200, next Saturday, January 14, with a deployment of military forces, militia forces and popular forces,” he said during the End of the Year salutation to the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB), held in Campo de Carabobo, Carabobo state.
He also declared 2017 the year of the civic-military union in tribute to Zamora, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth to take place on February 1.
The military exercises will be held days after FANB troops rejoin their respective battalions, following the Christmas holidays ordered by the Executive, that will last until the first days of January.
In his address, Maduro stated that he had absolute faith in the awareness of the South American peoples, facing the constant threats to the sovereignty and independence of nations.
In this sense, he pointed out that despite 2016 has been the hardest year for the Bolivarian Revolution, the revolutionary force demonstrated “to be forged as steel history.”