Public responds to Chávez’s death


We asked members of the Public Insight Network, an online community of people who have agreed to share their opinions with The Miami Herald, how Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who died Tuesday, will be remembered and what's the future for Venezuela. We highlighted some of their answers below. Become a source by going to

Maria Cristina Soto said Chávez's legacy does not reflect well on Venezuela: "He was the president that divided Venezuelan people, that made our young people leave our country looking for new opportunities, who lost the chance of developing our country even though he had the best resources in our country's history."

Fermin Castaneda said the revolution may change in the country: "It will explode. No one in the chavismo has the charisma of Chávez nor the ability to tell lies the same way Chávez did. They will start fighting for power and implode."

Efrain Sora said he hopes Chávez is remembered for everything he did: "I hope that he is remembered for what he is, not what the media will obviously write. He will be remembered as a sadistic, demonic, oppressor of the Venezuelan people."

Wes Roddy said Chávez will be remembered as "a leader who tried to give the poor more, but wasted an opportunity to use his oil funds to improve his entire country and all its people."

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