The official funeral for late Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías began at the Academia Militar del Ejército Bolivariano in Caracas at midday local time on Friday. Vice President Nicolás Maduro Moro and other senior Venezuelan government officials, as well as leaders from Colombia, Cuba, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti, Mexico, Peru, and several other states attended the ceremony, which was delayed by about an hour. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elías José Jaua Milano greeted foreign guests during a ceremonial procession. The Russian delegation was headed by the RF Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko; also attending were Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov, and President Putin’s special representative, Rosneft Executive Chairman Igor Sechin, along with Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov and Rostechnadzor head Sergei Chemezov (former KGB intelligence officer; neighbour of Putin in Dresden). Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko also attended the funeral. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón broke with official protocol by greeting the crowd of Chávez’s supporters gathered outside the academy. Local observers say this was a positive gesture in the context of the often tense relationship between the two neighbours during Chávez’s tenure as president.
Temporarily, Ordinary Venezuelans couldn’t pay their respects to Chávez during the official ceremony, but will be allowed to continue to do so during the week. Thousands of people have gathered near the Academy, shouting slogans in support of the late president and welcoming foreign guests. Activists handed out copies of the Venezuelan Constitution and booklets containing Chávez’s speeches on nearby streets, whilst loudspeakers played Venezuelan national music. Chávez died on Thursday following a prolonged battle with cancer. The populist president, who was 58, ruled Venezuela for 14 years. Best known for his often flamboyant style and defiant outbursts against the USA, Chávez was a close ally of Russia, and trade links between the two nations have grown stronger in the last decade.
8 March 2013
At my workplace, they have CNN blatting away in the breakroom. Well… they had NO mention of Chávez’s funeral (at least, not when I was in the room). It was more important for them to note a sickness outbreak on a cruise ship (it involved diarrhoea and vomiting, poor babies) and to cheerlead for Republipuke neoliberalism. That’s why so many Americans are ignorant and don’t know squat about the outside world. Their news media is full of propaganda and “junk food news”. That’s why oca.org is dishonest and mendacious (as the American Suburban Consumerist ethos is rotten to the core, and the upper-reaches of our Church here believes in that ethos (not Christianity), does that surprise you?). They changed the date on a by-line to make it look like they reported Mother Theordora’s death on the day of her death, not a week later, as actually happened… caveat lector, kids… Jillions and Lil Mizz Ginny Nieuwsma aren’t only incompetent; they’re liars to boot. They’re just as deceitful as the corporate media is (after all, Lyonyo is a member of the CFR and Potapov’s a bought n’ paid-for US government flack… the upper-reaches of our Church in the USA oppose the Orthosphere). That’s the way it is in early-21st century America. Managed news, corporate oligarchy, Gestapo-like security, ever-shrinking pay-cheques for ordinary folks (and ever-increasing boodle bags for the rich), and warmongering in foreign parts… it’s a far cry from the New Deal… none dare call it the Raw Deal…