Venezuela celebrated the 165th anniversary of its independence on Monday (5 July) with a military parade in the capital, Caracas.
GV & SV President Perez arriving in motorcade for military parade, leaves car and is greeted by officials
SV Television camera team on cradle
GV, SV Soldiers and Perez standing for national anthem
GV Troops march past reviewing stand
GV, SV Paratroops running past in battle dress
GV, SV Tank corps parading past (4 shots)
Venezuela declared its independence from Spain in 1811. The country is now a Federal Republic consisting of 20 states, a Federal District and two Federal Territories. President Perez came to power in March 1974 and his government has followed a policy of heavy investment in agriculture and industrial development.
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Background: Venezuela celebrated the 165th anniversary of its independence on Monday (5 July) with a military parade in the capital, Caracas. The celebrations came shortly before it was announced that Venezuela had broken off diplomatic relations with Uruguay.
SYNOPSIS: The military parade in Caracas was attended, Carlos Andres Perez, and came at a time when relations between Venezuela and Uruguay have been strained. Venezuela has alleged that a woman refugee was taken from the grounds of its embassy in Montevideo by Uruguayan police, but the charges have been denied. A Uruguayan Foreign Ministry communique said that Senor Julio Ramos, the Venezuelan Ambassador, was being expelled for what it called his subjective and unfounded statements to the press.
But the Venezuelans claim that their diplomatic territory was violated and their government had failed to receive a satisfactory explanation. In view of this, according to a Venezuelan Foreign Ministry statement, Senor Ranos and his staff were being withdrawn from Montevideo. Relations between the two countries have been strained over Venezuela's decision to give political asylum in its Montevideo embassy to a number of uruguayans. There are reported to be five such people inside the embassy and Colombia has said that it will assure their safety while looking after Venezuelan interests in the Uruguayan capital. Since the woman was kidnapped at the end of June, the entire diplomatic corp in Montevideo have issued a statement, expressing concern for the Security of their embassies. President Alberto Demichelli of Uruguay said that a thorough investigation into the whole affaire had been ordered.