The military plot of Venezuela

It was inconceivable the idea that a group of young people from the Military School, where he had spent 17 years of his life as a student and teacher, was conspiring to overthrow him.


It was inconceivable the idea that a group of young people from the Military School, where he had spent 17 years of his life as a student and teacher, was conspiring to overthrow him. The day he was going to be knocked down, General Isaías Medina Angarita got up early in the morning and telephoned Colonel Delfín Becerra, Minister of War and Navy, to order him to summon the military leaders of the Caracas Garrison to the Miraflores Palace.
The military plot of Venezuela 
The day he was going to be knocked down, General Isaías Medina Angarita got up early in the morning and telephoned Colonel Delfín Becerra, Minister of War and Navy, to order him to summon the military leaders of the Caracas Garrison to the Miraflores Palace.
After eating breakfast and reading the press, he blessed his daughters, kissed his wife, and boarded the presidential car accompanied by his aide-de-camp, Captain Rodolfo León Portillo.
He took advantage of the silence of the aide-de-camp and the journey from his residence to the headquarters of the Executive to observe what was happening in Caracas. He saw how men and women came and went in the direction of their jobs, and how the youth, wearing school uniforms and bags full of books, gathered in front of the lyceums.
Although they were mostly poor people, they could be seen well dressed and fed. The ragged or malnourished did not roam the population of the valley like those who begged for alms on their tour of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. The people of Caracas seemed calm and even happy because with trade and salary they could live with dignity and raise a family.
It was difficult for him to assimilate the information that reached his ears the night before. It was inconceivable the idea that a group of young people from the Military School, where he had spent 17 years of his life as a student and teacher, was conspiring to overthrow him.
Venezuela had changed a lot since the death of General Gómez because the doors of freedom were opened wide during the López Contreras government. Crickets were thrown into the sea and ‘La Rotunda’ was demolished, parties were founded, national affairs were freely discussed, no political prisoner was held in prisons, and no one was denied entry or exit from the territory.
- I will not be the culprit of the return of the persecutions, the political prisoners and the tortures. That is a sad chapter of the past and in the past it must remain. -
thought the President before arriving at the Palace.
When the vehicle entered Miraflores the bugle sounded, the officers presented weapons and the band interpreted the notes of ‘Glory to the Brave People.’ In front of the flagpole, Colonel Becerra and the military leaders of Caracas were waiting for him.
His first order was to initiate the pertinent investigations and send General Andrónico Rojas to Maracay, since the aviation forces were concentrated there, as well as the largest group of Army troops equipped with modern armored units and artillery pieces.
After giving instructions to the military high command and clearing his office, he proceeded to meet with the Minister of Internal Relations, Arturo Uslar Pietri. The latter informed him that, while they were both talking, steps were already being taken to arrest and question the suspects. The President informed him that, as a precautionary measure, he had ordered the quartering of the garrisons of Caracas, La Victoria and Maracay.
At noon he met again with Becerra, who came with the first results of his inquiries. Marcos Pérez Jiménez and Julio Cesar Vargas were detained and under interrogation at the ‘Ambrosio Plaza’ barracks. The rumors pointing to Carlos Delgado Chalbaud as leader of the plot appeared to be false. The authorities of the Military School assured that they were the product of the envy of their companions, who, intimidated by their preparation and resentful for their links with the aristocracy, did not miss the opportunity to remind them of their status as ‘assimilated engineer’ or mock the fact that will communicate in French with his wife.
The magistrate went to his house for lunch and he found that trip more pleasant than the morning one. He was relieved of the tension that tormented him and grateful to Providence because the rumors of a coup d'etat seemed to be no more than that, pure rumors.
It was at the end of the meal, while he was waiting for his cup of coffee, that Captain Elio Quintero appeared to him and, obviously nervous, announced that he was calling him on the phone, as a matter of urgency, Captain Simón Arenas Revenga, Professor of Weapons and Explosives of the Military School.
The President took the receiver and, as soon as he said it, he could hear the professor's voice:
-My general: Major Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, after learning of the arrest of Pérez Jiménez and Vargas, unsheathed his revolver, arrested the authorities of the Military School and gave the order to mobilize cadets and officers. They opened the arms and ammunition depot, they opened as if to take action and they are on the warpath. -
The day was just beginning.
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