By George Ciccariello-Maher - Counterpunch, Mar 7th 2013
Hugo Chávez is no more, and yet the symbolic importance of the Venezuelan President that exceeded his physical persona in life, providing a condensation point around which popular struggles coalesced, will inevitably continue to function long after his death.
Most of what you read or hear in mass media about President Hugo Chavez is always negative, his faults exaggerated, his discourse distorted and his achievements ignored. The reality is quite different. Hugo Chavez was beloved by millions around the world.
Expressions of solidarity and condolences have been flooding into Venezuelananalysis.com directly, as well as being put up on the internet and passed around on social networks. Here we include a collection of those expressions of solidarity that we have received or come across from activist and political groups and their representatives, as well as a photos of solidarity actions around the world.
Hugo Chavez has died -- undefeated. Yes, undefeated. Chavez, no matter how many times the corporate media and the cheerleaders of the status quo call him a dictator, was elected repeatedly with overwhelming majorities.
With the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez after a two-year fight with cancer, we host a roundtable discussion on a revolutionary leader whose democratic-socialist policies not only transformed his country, but helped steer the entire Latin American region away from U.S.-backed neoliberalism.
On Monday, Vice President Nicolás Maduro read a message to the Venezuelan people from President Hugo Chávez to mark the 21st anniversary of the rebellion of February 4, 1992, an event he said helped ensure that “we live in really and truly free country.”
Venezuelan analyst Nicmer Evans argues, "The construction of a socialist project must transcend every one of us, and cannot be circumscribed to the existence or the state of health of one individual, no matter how important and significant they are for our history".
By Tamara Pearson - Venezuelanalysis.com, Jan 24th 2013
If anyone is clearest about what Chavez’s absence means and what it could mean in the future, it is the grassroots activists and revolutionaries in Venezuela. While private international and national media paint a picture of hopelessness, economic chaos, a power vacuum and power struggles in Venezuela, the grassroots are experiencing a different reality, and have a much more positive outlook for the future.
Colombian author William Ospina recently wrote a column in the Colombian daily El Espectador in which he expressed a level of appreciation for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. But what was perhaps more interesting was the kind of response he got for taking what was called a “polemical” position.
In Venezuela people prepare themselves for life without Hugo Chávez. Whether Chávez recovers from his latest bout of cancer or not, Chávistas must find a way of becoming less dependent on their charismatic leader, argues Steve Ellner.
In recent days, opposition spokespeople who participated in and supported the 2002 coup d’état have been persistently demanding a pardon for those convicted of crimes during the coup attempt. In response, the Association of Victims of the Coup D’état (ASOVIC) has published a communiqué to express their complete repudiation of any possible concession for the Metropolitan Police agents who were convicted of crimes against humanity.