As Barak Obuma Rages, the People of Venezuela Mourn Their Hero
|The Crowds Mourn|
|Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez across the Americas mourn his death.|
As today’s crowds demonstrate, Chavez was wildly popular in Venezuela, much to the chagrin of Obama and the United States. On hearing of his death Obama said that ‘"At this challenging time the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government.’
|Chavez and Fidel Castro|
|Chavez remarking on the whiff of Sulfur following Bush's speech|
You only have to read the previous post to see what a hollow, sick joke this is. The United States which has sponsored torture in Iraq, hasn’t dared refute the evidence, supports all manner of corrupt, brutal and oppressive regimes throughout the world, is apparently concerned to ‘promote democratic principles’ etc. in Venezuela.
And unlike many other populist dictators, Ghadaffi to Ahmedinajad, his rule wasn’t based on torture and murder. That must have grated with Bush/Obuma even more. He was popular for the greatest sin of all under capitalism – he redistributed the wealth of the country from the rich to the poor, faced down a coup (which precisely because of his popularity didn’t succeed) and squashed the US financed opposition.
|Chavez and fellow fighter against US imperialism|
Salute to Hugo Chavez, who puts British socialists and their talking shops to shame.
By Becky Bratu, Staff Writer, NBC News
As thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets of Caracas to mourn President Hugo Chavez after learning of his death Tuesday, tributes began pouring in from supporters around the world — including several Hollywood heavyweights who stood by the socialist firebrand during his reign.
Actor Sean Penn, one of the Latin American leader's most vocal supporters (he once joined Chavez on the campaign trail and attended a candlelight vigil for him in Bolivia last year) said the United States had "lost a friend it never knew it had."
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and actor-director Sean Penn listen to an explanation from a doctor during a visit to a hospital Aug. 3, 2007 in San Cristobal, Venezuela.
"And poor people around the world lost a champion," Penn said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "I lost a friend I was blessed to have. My thoughts are with the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela."
Filmmaker Oliver Stone, who first met Chavez in December 2007 and credited him for many of the social changes taking place in South America, said the former leader would live forever in history.
''I mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place," Stone said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Hated by the entrenched classes, Hugo Chavez will live forever in history."
"My friend, rest finally in a peace long earned," Stone added.
"In sadness and in tribute to my friend, Hugo Chavez, I join with millions of Venezuelans, Latin Americans, Caribbeans, fellow U.S. citizens and millions of freedom-loving people around the world, in hope for a rewarding future for the democratic and social development charter of the Bolivarian Revolution,” Glover told theGrio.
“We all embraced Hugo Chavez as a social-champion of democracy, material development, and spiritual well-being.”
Others, including Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, paid their respects via Twitter. "So long comandante @chavezcandanga, we will miss you forever #ChavezVive," Maradona posted Wednesday.
"Ruling Classes hated Hugo Chavez. RIP," tweeted comedian Roseanne Barr.
"You won't hear much nice about him in the US media in the next few days. So, I thought I'd say a couple things to provide some balance," tweeted filmmaker Michael Moore Tuesday.
"54 countries around the world allowed the US to detain(& torture) suspects. Latin America, thanks 2 Chavez, was the only place that said no," he added.
"We spoke for over an hour," Moore said of an encounter with Chavez in 2009. "He said he was happy 2 finally meet someone Bush hated more than him."