In Venezuela, the legendary guerrilla figure, Douglas Bravo, has re-emerged after eighteen years on the run in order to take advantage of a political amnesty offered by the government of President Herrera Campins.
In Venezuela, the legendary guerrilla figure, Douglas Bravo, has re-emerged after eighteen years on the run in order to take advantage of a political amnesty offered by the government of President Herrera Campins. A large crowd gathered to witness his re-appearance in the mountain town of Coro.
SYNOPSIS: Many of the crowd had not even been born when Douglas Bravo began has underground campaign eighteen years ago.
But for his mother and his wife. Bravo's re-appearance meant an end to nearly two decades of separation. His return from the nearby mountains where he had been fighting his anti-Government campaign was greeted with loud applause and cheering.
To many of the local people, Bravo had become something of a legend since he first took up his guerrilla cause.
A local singer performed a special folk song in his honour, and many of the audience joined in to welcome Bravo back home. The rally, held in his honour, had been organised by the left-wing Partido Revolucionario Venezolano -- the Venezuelan Revolutionary Party -- of which Bravo is now to take over the leadership.
In his first legal speech for eighteen years, Bravo criticised the growing divisions among Venezuela's left-wing parties. He called upon the crowd to work towards setting up a unified leftist front -- a national "revolutionary, anti-capitalistic and anti-Northern American Party". Indeed, newspaper reports in Venezuela have recently been carrying stories of dialogues between the Venezuelan Revolutionary Party and "Ruptura", another left-wing group. But it is not known whether the Revolutionary Party will retain its familiar name -- "Douglista" in honour of its most famous member, Douglas Bravo.