Venezuela

Venezuelan state-run TV shows Chávez in the afterlife

 

jwyss@MiamiHerald.com

Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez may be gone but he’s among revolutionary friends.

An animated spot being broadcast on state-run television shows the socialist firebrand, who died March 5, looking morose as he walks through a grassy field. But he brightens up when he discovers that Latin American liberator Simón Bolivar, Cuban revolutionary figure Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Nicaragua’s Augusto César Sandino, among others, are waiting for him.

The one-minute segment titled “Goodbye Forever Commander” was produced by Vive, a state-run broadcaster that Chávez inaugurated in 2003.

The Venezuelan president’s death has sparked a wave of tributes and his image has been turning up at Holy Week processions across Venezuela, according to local media.

His anointed successor, Nicolás Maduro, also has been invoking his late boss as he tries to beat opposition candidate Henrique Capriles in an April 14 snap election. The two contenders have been touring the country, leading rallies and trading insults in what’s shaping up to be one of the most contentious campaigns in recent memory.

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