Danny Glover Defends Venezuelan Government in Caracas
BUENOS AIRES – Actor Danny Glover met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday afternoon at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, to give a speech defending the administration and honor the late Hugo Chavez in the first anniversary of his death.
"I'm so proud to be here with you," said Glover to a big crowd who attended a public rally in which President Maduro delivered new homes to nearly 200 families as part of a public housing initiative.
"As we commemorate and celebrate a true man of the people, Hugo Chavez, his memory lives with us through the work you do as citizens of this great nation, as you continue to realize his vision of a participatory democracy, one involving all citizens," said Glover
"It is a task that is very difficult, with many challenges, but he knows that you will continue the fight he gave his last breath for -- a free, democratic, and self-determined Venezuela; a Venezuela that won't allow its sovereignty to be undermined; a Venezuela that will also provide leadership in the region and the world; a Venezuela that will reimagine its relationships from nation to nation; a Venezuela that will stand up for piece and justice," said Glover, who is one of the biggest supporters of the Venezuelan government in Hollywood, together with actor Sean Penn and director Oliver Stone.
President Maduro thanked Glover for his "sincere speech" and said the country has "excellent relations" with the people of the United States, and that the bad ones are "with the elite that runs the country."
"You have no idea the pressures any friend of Venezuela in the U.S. receives for saying a few words of support and admiration for Commander Chavez. These men are very brave, very authentic, as they are capable of speaking out their truth despite pressures and persecutions," he added.
Earlier this week, Venezuelan-network TeleSur world-premiered Oliver Stone's latest documentary My Friend Hugo, a 50-minute film that gathers testimonies from family members, friends, intellectuals, and politicians about the Venezuelan leader.
"I'm hoping with these interviews patch together an idea of the sense of love, and the sense of missing for Hugo -- including myself, since I'm in the picture," he said in an interview to TeleSur. "It’s not a very ambitious film, but it’s a nice tribute," he added.