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Mar 6, 2013

Country mourns President Chavez, friend of Belize

Hugo Chavez

Around the world today, the news has been about the death of President of Venezuela, fifty-eight year old Hugo Chavez. In Venezuela, multitudes took to the streets to honor the late president as his coffin draped in Venezuela’s blue, red and yellow flag, was moved through Caracas, from the hospital where he died to the Military Academy where it is lying in state. Chavez, a revolutionary leader, envisioned a Latin America united for common growth. Under his fourteen years as president, Chavez assisted many countries in the region, including Belize with the Petrocaribe fuel initiative, the medical Mission Miracle and funded numerous assistance programs. Countries across the region have declared two to three days of mourning in honor of his passing. The flags were lowered at the Venezuelan Embassy in Belmopan and the Chargé d’Affaires, Gabriel Sanchez, said that the Embassy will open its doors for people to document their condolences that will be forwarded to family members in Venezuela.

 

Gabriel Sanchez, Chargé d’Affaires, Venezuelan Embassy

Gabriel Sanchez

“Today we are having the remains of president Chavez, in circulo military, which is a building for the military. It is actually the academy where he studied. It is going to be there up to Friday; anybody from Venezuela can go there and see President Chavez for the last time. Then on Friday, his burial will be in Caracas. We don’t know the place yet; we will know eventually. Some dignitaries are there right now. The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic in Belize through its local and diplomatic staff really want to spread its deepest sorrow for the great lost to Venezuela, Latin America and the Caribbean of the maximum Bolivarian leader, Hugo Chavez Frías, recognized as one of the greatest pioneers of Latin America and the Caribbean integration. Hugo Rafael Chavez Frías marked, with a deep imprint, our country by promoting reforms in benefit of the poor, handed over power to the poorest and implemented social missions benefitting millions of Venezuelans. From the bottom of our hearts, we mourn the leader of the Bolivarian revolution who is not physically with us today, but leaves in each of the heart of all Latin Americans and the Caribbean; who defends everyday and arduously the basic principles of our people: solidarity, complimentary and cooperation among others. We have to stress also his vision of a Bolivarian period of unity and integration highlighted by the struggle of people against poverty, inequality and social justice. As well as creating new opportunities for integration to ensure the sovereignty and independence of the entire region. Projects of integration we shall endure forever and is our task to continue them towards the achievement of those projects. Finally, we would like to stress that the Venezuelan Diplomatic Mission located here in Belmopan will have available a book from today, Wednesday March sixth to Tuesday, March twelfth, for anyone who wishes to express condolences for his death. And that book will also be sent to his families so that they can have the words of Belizeans who really believe in President Chavez.”

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9 Responses for “Country mourns President Chavez, friend of Belize”

  1. issues says:

    Hasta la victoria siempre! Viva Chaves,

  2. Liberty & Freedom says:

    No friend of freedom. Economic friend to gain support for his socialist state. He enriched himself on the backs of the working peasants, the working middle class and rich (who provided the jobs) and give to the poor – like Robin Hood. What is his legacy. personal freedoms lost and torture.

  3. Storm says:

    He was, indeed, somewhat generous with stolen money, but it came with strings, to buy votes for his agenda. Venezuela has the first or second largest proven oil reserves in the world, yet after 14 years of Chavez rule, Venezuela DROPPED in every economic category compared to its neighbors. He brought “equality” by making the rich poor, instead of making the poor rich.

    I am grateful for the medical assistance he gave to Belizeans, because that improved individual lives in a meaningful way.

    Hopefully Venezuela will restore personal rights and private property in the near future, and they can resume better quality of life there.

    RIP.

  4. Rob says:

    One down and one more to go!!!

  5. Souad says:

    Long live a Giant! He will be missed but his work will live on forever! He is a Hero and was a True Leader! Que Viva CHAVEZ!

  6. Bear says:

    It is being reported this soldier / president died with more than $2-BILLION U.S. dollars to his name. Quite a thrifty little devil, saving up that much from public service salaries, since he was never in private business!

  7. Seletar says:

    They are reporting on international channels that at the end he was begging the doctors, “Don’t let me die.” That isn’t surprising for a man who lived for material principles instead of having a Christian foundation, where he would have had confidence in eternal life.

    I imagine it’s hot down where he is today.

  8. impartial says:

    ladron, corrupto, mentiroso y mucho mas…

  9. Vuk says:

    You’re not “impartial” at all, “Impartial”. You’re the complete opposite of that.

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