- Created: Thursday, 18 April 2013 10:38
- Written by FRFI
Comandante Chavez: socialist, internationalist, revolutionary
28 July 1954–5 March 2013
‘I am convinced that the path to a new, better and possible world is not capitalism – that is the path to hell. The path is socialism.’
The death of Hugo Chavez, socialist leader of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, sent a shock wave around the world. The millions of Venezuelans who gathered across their country in mourning, with shouts of ‘Chaves lives, the struggle continues!’, had their counterparts not just across Latin America – where many flags few at half mast and national days of mourning were announced – but in Haiti, in Palestine, in the Philippines, across Europe and even in parts of the United States. Twenty-two heads of state and 50 international delegations attended Chavez’s state funeral on 8 March.