Venezuela celebrated the 204th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence with military parades and other patriotic displays.

On July 5 1811, representatives from seven out of the ten provinces that made up the Captaincy General of Venezuela signed a document declaring themselves free from Spanish rule. The declaration marked the beginning of the Venezuelan War of Independence, which culminated with the Battle of Lake Maracaibo in 1823. The battle marked the last attempt by Spanish forces to re-take the colony, which had by that time become Gran Colombia.

The biggest parade took place in Los Proceres, Caracas, and was presided over by Maduro and Minister of Defence Vladimir Padrino Lopez.

Below, some pictures of today’s parade in Los Proceres:

From left to right: Tarek William Saab, People’s Defender; Gladys Alvarado, President of the Tribunal Supremo de Justicia [Supreme Court]; Diosado Cabello, and Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro spoke to onlookers during today’s parade. He spoke of the direct connection between the signing of the declaration of independence in 1811 and the work the PSUV is doing in the country. He said:

Only the revolution has been building the values of equality, mutual respect, coexistence and cohabitation. If yesterday we were separated by slavery and colonialism of every type, today we are building a union that will last forever, a deep union, on a foundation of historical values.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Delcy Rodriguez took to Twitter earlier today to speak on the importance of the day, saying:

July 5 1811 marks the genesis of our independence as a free, sovereign and anti-imperialist land! We are the sons of Bolivar and Chavez.

Tintori: Lopez Held in “Punishment Cell”

Lilian Tintori has revealed through Twitter that her husband, Leopoldo Lopez, is being held in a what she calls “a punishment cell” that measures 2.6 x 2.7 meters, and is under constant surveillance.

Tintori said that when she went to visit him yesterday she tried to give him three books, but the prison authorities would not allow it. She claims that Leopoldo is only allowed to read “government press”.

Aside from his restricted access to information, Tintori also said that Leopoldo has been gaining weight and is eating three times a day.

Maduro Congratulates Greeks on “No” Vote

Speaking during today’s military parade in Los Proceres, Maduro congratulated the Greek people for voting to reject the term of the bailout proposed by European lenders. Maduro said:

Today, Greece has taken a historic step with the victory of the referendum. Congratulations to the people of Greece who have said “no” to the International Monetary Fund, and to the vampires of world banking!

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