and Zaa knew each other very well because the lawyer had drafted the lawsuit
that in May 2007 had been filed with the Supreme Court of Justice to request the
prohibition of the use of the slogan "Homeland, socialism or death" in the
Venezuelan barracks. All that would end later, in March 2012, with a sentence of
four months and fifteen days in prison for the offense against military respect
by virtue of his public statements on service matters.
a man with several decades of experience in the activity of the courts, broke
through the crowd, who also wanted to enter to protect the military man, and got
in the house between screams. "Brave. Brave. Brave." "It was a forged record, an
evident irregularity," Zaa recalls three years later, sitting in a café in
eastern Caracas, and regretting not having been able to visit him in jail since
last April 7. "I told him to tell the captain in charge of arresting him that he
(Vivas) would not leave with him until he brought a court order." Then Vivas
pronounced the words that made him famous.
gets into my house will suffer the consequences.
population that then applauded him, continued to take care of him for several
months. The neighborhood association notified the family whenever a person
wanted to visit them, or if a taxi was in the streets. It was the tribute they
paid for having witnessed an act they judged to be the demonstration of the
manliness of an officer who refused to subordinate himself to the tutelage of
Havana. Vivas had disobeyed the order of President Maduro, a close ally of
Castroism, and resisted in his house ready to die. He had raised the flag
of Venezuela with the seven stars drawn in the blue stripe and with the shield
horse looking to the right. It was also a subtle way of resisting Hugo Chávez’s
decision to add the eighth star to the national flag -corresponding, strictly
speaking, to an old wish of Liberator Simón Bolívar- and redesign the gallop of
the white horse.