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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:07 PM

Rumours swirl as Chavez stays out of sight (Update: Hugo Chavez 'battling for his life', says VP)

Source: AFP Via Sydney Morning Herald

February 28, 2013 - 2:43PM (Australia time)

Laurent Thomet

Caracas: With President Hugo Chavez still out of sight, the Venezuelan government has denied any rift with the army as it led a rally in Caracas to mark the anniversary of a popular but deadly revolt.

Thousands of people clad in red rallied in the capital on Wednesday, many wearing shirts bearing the image of the leftist leader, and others holding signs reading "I am Chavez" as they marked the massacre of hundreds of people in 1989.

The rally came as Twitter lit up with speculation - none of it confirmed - that Mr Chavez had died. Thursday's rally was the first in Caracas since Mr Chavez, 58, checked into a military hospital in the capital nine days ago after spending two months in Cuba, where he underwent his fourth round of cancer surgery in 18 months.

"Have no doubt that we will defend the beautiful work of commander Hugo Chavez Frias," Vice-President Nicolas Maduro told the crowd at Plaza Caracas square, with several military chiefs standing behind him.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/rumours-swirl-as-chavez-stays-out-of-sight-20130228-2f80y.html



Update from the BBC:

Hugo Chavez 'battling for his life', says VP Maduro
1 March 2013 Last updated at 09:06 GMT

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is "battling for his health, for his life", his deputy Nicolas Maduro says.

"Our commander is sick because he gave his life for those who don't have anything," he said on Venezuelan TV.

Mr Chavez has not been seen in public since he had further cancer surgery in Cuba in December and is reported to have a severe a respiratory infection.

The government has previously said Mr Chavez, now back in Venezuela, is running the country from the hospital.

Mr Chavez, who has been in office for 14 years, is believed to have cancer in his pelvic area but his exact illness has never been disclosed.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-21622944

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Turborama Feb 2013 OP
morningfog Feb 2013 #1
ronnie624 Feb 2013 #2
gasser85 Feb 2013 #3
wordpix Feb 2013 #4
msanthrope Feb 2013 #5
Cooley Hurd Feb 2013 #6
Turborama Mar 2013 #7
UnrepentantLiberal Mar 2013 #8
Comrade Grumpy Mar 2013 #9
Pterodactyl Mar 2013 #10

Response to Turborama (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:10 PM

1. Considering Evo Morales was denied a visit, I tend to believe Chavez has passed.

Or he is indeed brain dead. This could turn ugly if there is some cover-up.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:32 AM

2. "firebrand leader"

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:52 PM

3. One wonders

what the CIA is doing in Venezuela right now. Not like they've ever done any military junta regime changes in that corner of the world.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:53 PM

4. he allegedly came back to Venezuela yet there is no evidence his plane touched down or he

entered a hospital---nothing.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:59 PM

5. He's dead, Jim.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:35 PM

6. News break on MSNBC says he's "fighting for his life".

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 05:22 AM

7. Just added the BBC's update

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 06:56 AM

8. Seems the "Hugo Chavez can do no wrong" threads will soon come to an end.

 

Tis a sad day on DU.

But wait! The "Saint Hugo" threads will soon be born!

And hey, why the speculation about whether he's dead when we all know he laughs at a mere triviality we mortals must endure? Muerto, camaradas? Ciertamente Úl ha resucitado!

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:42 PM

9. Some people are just tacky.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 04:19 PM

10. If he had done the right thing and resigned when his health turned bad, ...

the country would not be leaderless.

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