Sunday 18 March 2018

Thousands line streets for Chavez

Charlie Devereux Caracas

Venezuela began transporting Hugo Chavez's body across Caracas for the second time in nine days in the latest of a series of remembrance events before a snap election triggered by his death on March 5.

Following a service attended by Bolivian President Evo Morales, family members carried his coffin to a hearse as more than 2,000 cadets from the military academy where his body has been lying in state bade him farewell.

"We will look after your fatherland and we will defend your legacy as you taught us to do," Chavez's daughter, Maria Gabriela, said in a eulogy.

Chavez's final resting place is still unknown. An original plan to have his body embalmed and placed on permanent display was shelved by interim president Nicolas Maduro.

Irish Independent

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