The following message, published on Rod’s Blog / El Blog de Roderick Navarro on 7 January 2010, has been posted on numerous Web sites (especially in Persian translation) supporting the Green Wave in Iran, such as <khabar.gooya.com/politics/archives/2010/01/098786.php>, <www.roozonline.com/persian/
news/newsitem/article/2010/january/10//-45087b144c.html>, <www.iranhumanrights.org/2010/01/venezuelan-students-support-students-in-iran/>, <persian2english.com/?p=4434>. Are Green Wave supporters who have welcomed this message aware of the character of the opposition student movement in Venezuela?* — Ed.
Central University of Venezuela, Caracas, January 7, 2010
This New Year will be the year of the young liberators, openers of a new cycle of life in the world for the welfare of all citizens, and the routing of our way of doing politics in our spaces.
It will be the consolidation of a movement that has been characterized by being a faithful servant of the principles of university autonomy and the Constitution of the Republic.
It will be the year where we will gather the fruits of the fight we have begun and we will show to those who try to silence the voices of the future, we will continue breaking paradigms due to our way of being, people and their messages, for our actions and footprints left behind.
As the strength, commitment and conviction mark our footsteps, the youth can rest easily because we will have hope in the near future, because the fate of our nations have been irrevocably fixed to hope, for people who love their freedom finally succeed in obtaining it.
Students, who have not been shaken by the violent passions of revenge, corruption and greed, like those now in power, are permitted under all laws of equity and history to raise our voices in the name of the motherland and its people. We have been and will always be proud of our glorious Universities, which have profound impact over the population and the future of our Countries.
Fellow fighters for freedom! Many greetings and wishes of infinite joy, strength and courage from the distance, from Venezuela, so that in this New Year, this new opportunity, we can return with clear consciences to continue fighting for men and women without ruined accounts with historical justice, to assume the leading role.
The distracted tripped over it. The violent used it as a projectile. The entrepreneur built with it. The farmer, tired, used it to rest. Drummond poeticized. David slew Goliath. Michelangelo created beautiful sculptures! In all cases the difference was not in stone but in man.
The year 2010 is the same for all, but it depends on what we do with it.
Let’s keep fighting for the dream of freedom and democracy, continue raising our voices fearlessly towards a victory that is coming and not surrender, because in our hands are the destinies of the future of our country!
On behalf of the Venezuelan student movement, best regards from the distance!
Roderick Navarro Durán
* See, for instance, “Groups Destabilizing Venezuela Call for an Opposition March” (“Grupos desestabilizadores convocan a marcha opositora,” ABN, 15 January 2010, Trans. Yoshie Furuhashi):
Julio César Rivas Castillo, a member of the Juventud Activa Venezuela Unida group, which receives financing from US agencies for espionage and intervention via the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the Albert Einstein Institute, issued a call for an opposition march to be held on the 23rd of January. . . . Rivas . . . [was] detained last year for inciting violent riots during a march. . . . Rivas’ call was echoed by Roderick Navarro, President of the Federation of University Centers (FCU) of the Universidad Central de Venezuela, who is also a leader of a counterrevolutionary political party Un Nuevo Tiempo.
See, also, Eva Golinger, “Colored Revolutions: A New Form of Regime Change, Made in USA” (MRZine, 6 February 2010).