More than 12,000 young people rallied in the Poliedro Amphitheatre on November 17 to express support for the re-election of socialist President Hugo Chavez in the December 3 presidential election. The members of numerous social and political organisations chanted, sang revolutionary songs, and displayed placards, balloons and banners expressing their support Chavez and the Bolivarian revolution he leads.
The November 18 Diario Vea reported that Chavez told the crowd, "On December 3, the Venezuelan people will write another page in their history. The victory of the revolutionary forces will be rolled out."
"We cannot choose between winning or death. We will win. For us, to win is to create a truly new society", he said.