"Your oath as president has surprised us," says Guaidó's mother


"Your oath as president has surprised us," says Guaidó's mother

Norka Márquez was with his son Juan Guaidó when during a speech before thousands of opponents, he raised his hand and declared himself interim president of Venezuela. "We were the wife and I then … and caught us by surprise," he says.

"A lot happened in such a short time," says Márquez, 54, in an interview with AFP, trying to summarize what she and her son and family have experienced since January 5, when Guaidó took the lead in Parliament. , of the majority of the opposition.

Since then, this 35-year-old industrial engineer – the father of a baby, who grew up in a military family and survived a landslide in 1999 – spent an hour in jail two weeks ago, was sworn in Jan. 23 as president. the United States and a dozen other countries, and staged a power struggle with the socialist ruler Nicolas Maduro.

"How did you know your son was going to be sworn in as interim president?"

I did not know, we did not know he was going to be sworn in. I was the next one, we went to the wife and I later, with all the deputies, and we caught ourselves by surprise. Awesome I never imagined being with a Venezuelan president in charge, interim … I cried a lot and then I was afraid.

But, as I see with such certainty, so strong, it helps us as a family: to see him so well standing, very firm, his words. And there we are, supporting him.

"How did you feel when you were arrested?"

I felt very frightened, I felt that they were taking something from me and I took the Virgin of the Valley and asked her, my father and my (deceased) mother, please give it to me and deliver it to me. That's right, after a while they gave us.

When it was euphoric, no one gave him time to cry, laugh or shout, because he came saying, "Let's go to the activity [un mitin al que se dirigía cuando lo interceptaron]and we go and we go "

Márquez, a teacher who dedicated herself to the education of her four children, said that in the family they joked about the possibility that "Juan Gerardo", "leader from childhood", was president.

"When I was a baby, he was very allergic and my mother bathed him, put creams on him and said:" And to think that the day you become president of Venezuela, you will not let me throw cream on you or see you & # 39 ;, "he recalls.

He recounts other episodes, such as when his son took office for the first time as a deputy and at home everyone played – "joking" – that they were swearing to the president.

"They are family anecdotes, but will we decree this? [vaticinamos]"asks Márquez, who says that his son became involved in politics when he was a university student during the 2007 student protests against the government of the late President Hugo Chavez (1999-2013).

– What qualities of your child do you think are helping you now?

Juan has this essence of us to help others, to serve others. This is one of the great qualities of John.

He has many friends, he is very nice and everyone calls me mother … and now they are scattered around the world, because of the diaspora that is left, [otros están en el] exile and those who remain here.

"You never thought to leave?"

Never, ever. As I say: we are planted in Venezuela, here we are born and here we also lose, because we lost much with the tragedy [el deslave] of Vargas.

– How did he live, with 15 years, the landslide of December 1999?

It was strong. I do not like to talk too much (still choked), but we get over it.

And then we went in January to see what was left to see what could be salvaged. The dictionary is something we salvage, because this was his favorite book: he went to bed and read the dictionary. And I cried … and he would say to me, "If you keep crying, we'll come back."

He is very strong, he is the one who gives encouragement, if something happens, then he pulls a joke from there, and you end up laughing and not crying.

"Were there any politicians in your family before?"
Military, his paternal grandfather was a national guard and my father, the marine infantry.

He loved this world. In fact, he wanted to study at military aviation school, but because of a problem that suffered from asthma, he did not enter.

"And now your son is asking the military to withdraw his support for Maduro."

I also instilled in my children respect for the military, and he calls today to join us … to rebuild the country.


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