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.
GV Crowds waving banners to welcome back guerrilla leader Douglas Bravo (2 shots)
SV Bravo's month waving and wife waiting (2 shots)
GV Crowds awaiting Bravo's arrival
GV Bravo arrives, is embraced on stage as crowd chants and Bravo shakes hands (4 shots)
GV Woman sings on stage
CU Poster advertising his return
SV Poster, newsmen as crowds sing and chant (3 shots)
SV Bravo speaks in Spanish
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Background: 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.