by Stephen Lendman
Bolivarianism is institutionalized.
Venezuelans mourn. Chavismo lives! Bolivarianism is institutionalized.
Venezuelans expect no less. They want no part of their ugly past. They'll put their bodies on the line to prevent it. They did before. They'll do it again.
Bolivarianism is policy. It's vital to preserve. It's polar opposite neoliberal harshness. America and Venezuela are constitutional worlds apart. More on that below.
On March 5, word came at 4:45PM. Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced it. "We have just received the most tragic and awful information," he said. Hugo Chavez Frias died. "It's a moment of deep pain."
"Those who die for life can't be called dead," he said.- Advertisement -
Supporters massed in Plaza Bolivar. It's Caracas' main square. "Chavez vive, la lucha sigue," they chanted. "Chavez lives, the battle continues."
"The people united will never be defeated." Oligarchs "will never return" to the Miraflores Palace.
Jimmy Carter praised Chavez. Hell "be remembered for his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments and for his formidable communication skills and personal connection with supporters in his country and abroad to whom he gave hope and empowerment," he said.
James Petras said he "was loved not only by Venezuelans but throughout Latin America" and elsewhere. He was special. He'll be sorely missed.
In his last letter to Maduro, Fidel Castro said "Chavez's name is known and respected throughout the world." He called him the "Olympic champion of new socialist ideas."- Advertisement -
Chavez called Castro his father, mentor and friend. He's "always been a Quixote," he said, "but a victorious and invincible Quixote."
Both men bonded years ago. They met in Havana. They did so in 1994. Chavez sought Castro's advice.