Venezuelans Mourn the Death of Hugo Chavez

Venezuelans mourn the passing of the charismatic, controversial President known as 'El Comandante'.

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Following the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, scores of mourners took to the streets of Caracas to mourn his death. Chavez died at 58 following after a battle with cancer. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday.

Holding office for over 14 years, Chavez was a divisive figure. His supporters — so called “Chavistas” — often branded him a modern socialist hero, while detractors compared him to “personality cult” leaders such as China’s Mao Zedong. Chavez’s death may spark a constitutional upheaval in the country, where he and his party controlled the world’s largest oil reserves.

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pictoplastic
pictoplastic

Predictable, shallow, redundant; a generalizing view. First: If someone dies, what is expected? The pain and cry of his followers, using memorabilia and symbols. Being this so obvious, why is it all photographs' theme? It's redundant. Besides, are they representative of all venezuelan to entitle the compilation like that? I'm not an opposition fan but an ethic journalist and photographer. It could have been a neat series with less drama circus. Having so many photographers covering the event, a fresh view was expected. 

zumaque
zumaque

Chavez Legacy:

50% reduction in poverty, 65% reduction extreme poverty, 500.000+ additional  elder people in social security, before Chavez near 30% population was not even in the electoral council they were non existent,  all indicators related to education has been rising ( more universities, more childs finish schoolar timeframe ), the average income x family has been up, average number people in homes lowered to 4, what means much more new homes , average consumption x family has been growing up, public water system reach 98% of people ( one of the very firts great Chavez Social expenditure achievements , child mortality has lowered , etc, etc,


Yes, there are many problems. violence, insecurity in urban zones is higher, economy is inestable, etc. 

 



maml782
maml782

 chavez era una amenaza para la region y el mundo no sabia administrar loos recursos pero  el oro negro no es eterno  y despues van  a pagar caro por todo el derroche el mundo tuvo la suerte de  un dolor de cabeza menos

chavez was a threat to the region and the world din't know manage resources but black gold is not eternal and then they will pay dearly for wasting all the world was lucky one less headache

NanitaLucia
NanitaLucia

I always have wondered if is it easier to talk about the lack of democracy and liberty in Venezuela from outside?

Janalcubo
Janalcubo like.author.displayName 1 Like

Chávez fue un gran líder, sólo unos ignorantes que viven fuera de nuestras fronteras, son  capaces de cuestionar la democracia que existe en Venezuela.  La revolución que comenzó nuestro comandante seguirá. Estos venezolanos no tienen idea de nuestra realidad. Tiene país pero no tiene Patria. Dan lástima.  El pueblo Venezolano esta triste, no por miedo o resignación; sino porque ha perdido su Amado Presidente. Un hombre que levantó las banderas de la libertad y soberanía.


BriannaGunter
BriannaGunter

@Janalcubo Pero no fue perfecto. No soy de Venezuela, pero tengo muchos amigos que tienen miembros de familia allá. Además, muchos llegaron a los EE.UU porque no le gustaba la política de Chávez, cuando vivían en Venezuela. Muchos venezolanos que ahora viven aquí que os he hablado para decir que aman a su país y a su gente, pero odian la administración de Chávez. En mi experiencia personal, he encontrado que una de las mejores maneras de ver realmente su país como lo que es, es mirar las cosas desde el exterior. Vea como otros lo ven, y cuáles son sus razones. Por ejemplo, me siento como si tuviera una mejor comprensión de la política de los EE.UU., buenos y malos, porque he viajado a otros países y escuchó lo que otros tenían que decir acerca de mi país. He cambiado de idea un poco con mi perspectiva como ciudadano de los EE.UU., y se cambió la mía con sus perspectivas como extranjeros.

Por favor, perdóname si mi español no es perfecto.

lexi.esperanza
lexi.esperanza

@BriannaGunter @Janalcubo @RossanaJimenez

Estoy de acuerdo @BriannaGunter; tampoco no soy venezolano, pero tengo muchos amigos de Venezuela, y sé bien sus familias. Chávez pudo ser un gran líder, pero al mismo tiempo mal para Venezuela. Un líder que guía su país con sólo algunos de los intereses de su pueblo en mente, o como su prioridad no es generalmente uno que sea mejor para la mayoría de la gente.

@RossanaJimenez Si todos de un país simplemente respeten o estén de acuerdo con las decisiones de la mayoría u el gobierno, no habría desarrollo. Sin discusión y desacuerdo respetuoso, no puede haber desarrollo. Quejas alimentan acciones, ¿no?

RossanaJimenez
RossanaJimenez

@BriannaGunter @Janalcubo 

Pero la democracia es la democracia. No por que la minoria de un pais opine lo contrario signifique que los demas estan equivocados. Se debe respetar las desiciones de la mayoria de un pais . Si se dividen al mundo  entre uenos y malos se pierde objetividad y se actua como una persona inmadura, que no porta nada para el progreso de un pais. Acciones no quejas 

8vius
8vius

I'm commenting just to balance out the only other comment from a venezuelan. And pretty much everything @WilhelmGuggisberg said is correct. Chávez was downright manipulative and used the resentment in the poor classes built up from years of them being ignored to his favor. Him and his ilk have been and still are a bane on my country.

8vius
8vius

To add a little more, straight from his funeral service speech: "Whoever didn't love Chávez is not venezuelan" <- that is  what chavists defend.

WilhelmGuggisberg
WilhelmGuggisberg

Most of the people still feels scared to demontrate relieved or overt happiness. He used all his might to try to demoralized, divide and inocculate hate to the naturally good-tempered venezuelian people, he used all the bounty of the increased oil industry revenue against Venezuela self economy and the rest in supporting rogue countries, on propanda and corruption. He destroyed almost all private industry. His bitterness and resentment where umfathomable. Lastly, he murdered and imprisoned hundreds of inocent people and stole their income and living to thousands.

marymiracle12
marymiracle12

Very sad indeed. I'm a Venezuelan with a college degree profession... not a total ignorant as the world seems to believe his supporters are and i must say, we'll never have a great mind and such a good heart leading the road to freedom again.