This Saturday Acción Democrática (AD) Lara Section, paid tribute to Miguel Romero Antoni, on the occasion of the celebration of the centenary of his birth. He was in life a prominent politician, journalist, public servant of known accomplishments and illustrious forger of democracy in Venezuela.
He was born in Caracas on June 29th, 1921, Governor of Lara State between the years 1964 to 1968, when the democratic system began to take its first steps in the country, after the fall of General Marcos Pérez Jiménez’ dictatorship at the end of the 1950s. During four periods he was elected Deputy to the National Congress for Lara State and maintained his political work in AD, where he held all positions until he became the Regional General Secretary of Lara.
This distinguished character carried out a fruitful and honest life’s work, which rests on the history of his commitments assumed as a man of high political standards and first governmental authority, leaving a relevant legacy considered one of the best and insurmountable in favor of the development of the then emerging city of Barquisimeto.
“His broad vision that transformed and made the city, led Miguel Romero to leave countless landmarks, among some of the most outstanding we can mention, the completion of the Metropolitan Cathedral, Expansion of 20th Avenue, the creation and construction of the Zoological and Botanical Park Bararida, the Pío Tamayo Public Library, the headquarters building of the Vicente Landaeta Gil Air Base, the construction of the Journalist’s House, the Barquisimeto Industrial Zone, the beacon of Barquisimeto’s airport, sewer systems and aqueducts of many towns and municipalities of Lara State,” recounted engineer Rubén Hurtado, member of the organizing committee of this homage.
He was a bastion that marked a before and after in the regional political scene of the last century, also contructed the Maternity of Carora, the ‘Máximo Viloria’ Sports Center, the Baseball Stadium, the ‘Héctor Alvarado’ Velodrome, the Patarata, Fundalara, El Ujano and Bararida II urbanizations, the Alto Tocuyo water system project, the ‘Dos Cerritos’ and ‘Los Quediches’ dams, the start-up of the Yacambú project and the construction of more than 90 schools.
The lawyer and researcher of the biography and anecdotes of the time, Jorge Ramos, also detailed that due to his vocation for journalism, Miguel Romero Antoni still being very young, promoted a communication front against dictatorships, first with the creation of the weekly ‘Combate’ and then ‘Barricadas’, both operated secretly under “brutal harassment” and “rigid censorship of the press with the aim of being reliable sources of information, ideas, thoughts, in the midst of a military dictatorship.”
“He participated as founder of the Venezuelan Association of Journalists in Lara, founded ‘La Nación’ newspaper in Barquisimeto, at the same time he was Director of the weekly ‘Alerta’. A leader in the full sense of the word, a vigorous fighter who linked his entire life to the defense of democratic principles. He set his intelligence, wisdom and knowledge at the service of the people,” said Ramos.
“Lara proudly exhibits the works of democracy”
The First Vice President of the AD party, Edgar Zambrano, stated during the ceremony in memory of this “impeccable figure in the political history of the country,” that the party and the Lara people are honored to have had leaders of the highest value throughout its almost 80 years since its foundation. The 80th anniversary will be next September 13th.
“In Acción Democrática Lara, we pay well-deserved tribute to this illustrious politician and forger of Venezuelan democracy, of unmistakable achievements, who set forth the design and planning of the urban plan to move the ‘ Twilight City’ from rural backwater into modernity,” he said.
Mr. Zambrano urged the leadership and AD militancy to follow the legacy, “Lara proudly exhibits the works of democracy, a legacy that we must continue from the legitimate AD.” He reported that within the framework of the 80-year anniversary, they will inaugurate 4 libraries at the Party House in Barquisimeto known as ‘La Pochocha’.
The event was attended by the personalities: Yutita de Chiossone; María Magdalena Colmenares, First Queen of the Folklore Festival in Lara; Antonio Harlit; Pedro León Gutiérrez; and the leaders of the political parties Voluntad Popular, Un Nuevo Tiempo, Copei, independents, friends and AD sympathizers.