Venezuelans pour into streets to mourn Hugo Chavez.
“He was the best thing the country had … I adore him. Let’s hope the country calms down and we can continue the tasks he left us.”
Many people left work and rushed home as shops and offices began to close early and tension gripped the streets in Caracas, capital of a country deeply divided by the socialist programs pursued by the charismatic Chavez. Clusters of women with tears streaming down their faces clung to each other and wept near the Miraflores presidential palace. Some wore T-shirts with slogans that read “Go forward commander!”Nearby, men with grim and somber faces pumped their arms in the air while shouting “Long live Chavez! Long live Chavismo!”
Bolivian President Evo Morales, one of Chavez’s closest allies and most loyal disciples, declared that “Chavez is more alive than ever”.“Chavez will continue to be an inspiration for all peoples who fight for their liberation,” Morales said Tuesday in a televised speech. “Chavez will always be present in all the regions of There are many reports of people breaking into tears in the streets or becoming silent. As soon as the death of the president was known, people started to gather in the Bolivar squares in the centre of cities and towns across the country.
Already thousands have gathered in Bolivar Square in Caracas and are marching towards the Miraflores presidential palace. They are shouting slogans of defiance, “the people united will never be defeated”, “they shall not be back” and “the struggle continues”.
the world and all social sectors. Hugo Chavez will always be with us, accompanying us.”
RED SALUTE TO THE ICONIC REVOLUTIONARY HUGO CHAVEZ