Official Events Mark Eight Months since Hugo Chavez’s Passing
On Tuesday 5 November events were held in Venezuela and countries around the world to mark eight months since the death of Hugo Chavez. Officials and supporters of the late Venezuelan president paid tribute to his legacy, arguing that he had rescued the country’s sovereignty and championed policies to reduce poverty and empower the poor.
President Nicolas Maduro, who was foreign minister under Chavez and was elected to office in April this year, led a ceremony in the Barracks of the Mountain in Caracas. The site is symbolic as it is from there that the then-army coronel Chavez first emerged into the national spotlight when he launched a coup attempt against the neoliberal government of Carlos Andres Perez on 4 February 1992. Also known as the Military History Museum, the site is Chavez’s current resting place.
During the ceremonies, Maduro proposed creating a system of museums and cultural programs to preserve Chavez’s legacy and political thought. “We must reconstruct Chavez’s route as a living path; he passed through the whole world, and where he went, he planted love,” Maduro said.
Official events took place in Venezuelan embassies across the world. Meanwhile Bolivian president Evo Morales this week unveiled a statue in honour of his former friend and ally, and a range of other events were held to mark eight months since Chavez’s passing, such as a baseball tournament (Chavez’s favourite sport) in Frankfurt, Germany, in which players from a range of Latin American countries participated. T/Venezuelanalysis.com
A statue of Venezuela's former president Hugo Chavez is seen at the main avenue of the Riberalta town in the Beni Province, at the northeast of La Paz November 6, 2013. Bolivia's President Evo Morales inaugurated the statue at Beni-Mamore avenue during 187th anniversary of Bolivia's Navy Force foundation, according to local media. (REUTERS/Gaston Brito).
Bolivian navy officers march near a statue of Venezuela's former president Hugo Chavez is at the main avenue of the Riberalta town in the Beni Province, at the northeast of La Paz November 6, 2013. (REUTERS/Gaston Brito).
A ceremonial cannon shot at the Barracks of the Mountain, Caracas, 5 November, to mark eight months since Hugo Chavez’s passing. (Sibci).
The event at the Barracks of the Mountain. From left to right, Cilia Flores, an important figure in Venezuelan political life and Nicolas Maduro’s wife, Nicolas Maduro, and Adan Chavez, Hugo Chavez’s brother and current governor of Barinas state. (Sibci).
Ceremonial soldiers at the event. The lead flag reads “Chavez lives”. (Sibci).
Nicolas Maduro and Cilia Flores beside Chavez’s tomb in Barracks of the Mountain. (Sibci).
Maduro beside an image of Chavez (@nicolasmaduro).
The event to mark Chavez’s passing at the Venezuelan Embassy of China, Beijing. (Prensa Embajada de Venezuela en China).
Published on Nov 8th 2013 at 1.30pm