Chávez was released from prison on the condition that he not return to the military. Once freed, however, the young officer quickly became a vocal critic of Caldera's neoliberal policies. While Chávez initially believed that military action was needed to bring about political change, he later came around to the notion of participating in the political process. In 1997, he founded a new party, the Fifth Republic Movement, to further the Bolivarian cause.
Above, Chávez gives an interview in March 1995.
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