President Nicolás Maduro from the National Pantheon: “Today we heal a wound in our history”

Today we heal a wound in our history, and we vindicate our General in Chief Manuel Piar”, said this Thursday the President of the Republic Nicolás Maduro while leading the act of entering the symbolic remains of G/J Manuel Piar into the National Pantheon.

During his speech in this historic and vindictive act of the figure and legacy of one of the heroes of the independence of Venezuela, the Head of State assured: “Going over lies and manipulation, we promised to vindicate the figure of General in Chief Manuel Piar, and here he is, in the National Pantheon”.

If today we can claim in the name of Piar any message that we give to the new generations, that is the call to the national union of all Venezuelans”, stressed President Maduro.

He added that “It is an act of deep sense of justice, because our brown General in Chief has entered the National Pantheon. Welcome! (…) Piar: your people honors you, and we swear to remain loyal to the history and people of Venezuela. Long live the historical memory of your struggle!”

In the opinion of the national president: “Manuel Piar knew in depth the racism, exclusion and contempt of the dominant classes at that time. That led him to support the revolutionary independence movement that Gual y España started”

In this context, the national president urged to remember and study the deeds of the heroes of Independence: “We must make a great educational effort to know, interpret and praise the history of our heroes and heroines”.

In this regard, he recalled the distortion of history that surrounds Manuel Piar, who was executed by the manipulation of traitors of the Homeland:

“Historical processes can never be interpreted as idyllic processes, exempt from contradictions or conflicts”, he pointed out.

Piar to the Pantheon:

He affirmed that since it was known the true story of Piar’s struggle for the people and the Bolivarian and revolutionary ideals, the National Government worked to take the general’s immortal remains to the National Pantheon, the place where all independence fighters rest.

The remains of G/J Manuel Piar arrived at the National Pantheon in the hands of the Governor of Bolívar State, Ángel Marcano, who handed them over to the President, Nicolás Maduro, to be given the respective honors.

On March 9, the recovery process began with the creation of the special commission for the transfer of the symbolic remains, headed by the Secretary of Government of Bolívar state, Noel Amador.

This commission was in charge of collecting the remains and removing the land that the hero stepped on and places where he had a historical participation in the independence struggle, mainly in the states of Anzoátegui and Bolívar, as well as in his homeland, Curaçao.

Already on April 11, 2017, within the framework of the celebration of the Bicentennial of the Battle of San Félix, the Head of State instructed the transfer of the hero’s remains under the slogan “Piar, to the Pantheon”, a request that was fulfilled this Thursday, April 28 in an act to vindicate the contribution of G/J Manuel Piar to the independence struggle.

President Nicolás Maduro led this act accompanied by the president of the AN, Jorge Rodríguez; the president of TSJ, Gladys Gutiérrez; the president of CNE, Pedro Calzadilla; the president of the Republican Moral Council and Comptroller General of the Republic, Elvis Amoroso; the Ombudsman, Alfredo Ruiz, and the Attorney General of the Republic, Tarek William Saab, as well as Defense Minister G/J Vladimir Padrino López, and other general officers and admirals who are members of the FANB Military High Command.