But in 1974 leftist Carlos Andrez Perez won Venezuela’s presidential elections and fired the “Cuban hard-liner” Posada from his post as chief of operations for Venezuela’s intelligence agency–naturally to the cheers of all “enlightened” and “respectable” Venezuelans.
( Upon his second presidential victory in 1989, Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez welcomes Fidel Castro to Venezuela for the victory festivities.)
Then in 1992 Castro-protege Hugo Chavez led a coup (undetected by Venezuela’s intelligence agency) trying to overthrew Carlos Andres Perez. The coup failed –but much more vitally–Castro’s protege Chavez got his Moncada moment. Hugo Chavez gave an impassioned speech on Venezuelan TV beseeching his Castroite comrades to drop their arms and aims “for now.”
From that Moncada moment on Hugo Chavez’ fame grew, especially among the “enlightened.” And in 1998 he was elected with 56% of the Venezuelan vote….and we all know the rest of the story….
Details of Posada’s Venezuelan tragi-comedy here.