Venezuela celebrates 200th independence day

11:04, July 06, 2011      

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Thousands of people gathered to watch a military-civilian parade in Caracas, and celebrations are held across the country as Venezuela marks the 200th anniversary of its independence from Spain Tuesday.

Some 30,000 people attended the parade held in front of the Los Proceres monument in southwest Caracas, Defense Minister Carlos Mata said. Delegations from 21 countries participated in the parade, including a brigade from China.

It was the first time a Chinese brigade took part in a parade in Venezuela. The brigade was lead by Dong Guoquan, deputy chief of staff of Beijing Garrison Command, People's Liberation Army (PLA). He is head of a visiting Chinese military delegation.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who had returned from cancer treatment in Cuba Monday, launched the nationwide celebration with a speech from his presidential palace in the morning.

Venezuela's war to shake off colonial ties with Spain started in 1810 and lasted 11 years. Venezuela's independence was declared on July 5, 1811, and the Republic of Venezuela was founded.

Source: Xinhua
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