The government of Venezuela has announced that Hugo Chavez died this afternoon. His death was not unexpected.
What is unexpected is what occurred earlier today. Vice President Nicolas Maduro—Chavez’s heir apparent—informed a televised audience that Chavez was the victim of an attack by his enemies. “We have not a single doubt and at the proper moment we will convene a medical board to confirm that Chavez was attacked,” Maduro said. He linked Chavez’s case with that of Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat, whose death, Maduro said, was caused by poisoning by the Israelis.
Maduro then ordered the expulsion of U.S. military attaché David del Monaco, whom he charged with advancing “destabilizing projects” within the ranks of the Venezuelan military.
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— Patrick Dollard (@PatDollard) March 6, 2013
if you dont believe that hugo chavez was murdered by american interests then watch how quickly the central banks swoop into venezuela.
— OfAshes (@ColmSmashed) March 6, 2013
@sunnyright They don’t mention that “opposition media” is basically the Venezuelan bourgeois who hate the poor and wanted Chavez murdered…
— Paul Weiskel (@PWeiskel08) March 6, 2013
— JohnG (@JohnG405) March 5, 2013
In #Venezuela, during Chavez’s 14 years in office, 175,000 people have been murdered. 7 times the capacity of Caracas’ baseball stadium
— Gabriel Pizani (@pizgab) March 1, 2013
Maybe America is responsible for all those murders as well
Hugo Chavez dead. Sean Penn is reportedly inconsolable. Oliver Stone thinks he was murdered. @the_neokong
— Zener39 (@Zener39) March 6, 2013
Man Allegedly Murdered Mother In Religious Ritual For Hugo Chavez’s Health ow.ly/gSMcW
— SaloumehZ (@SaloumehZ) January 17, 2013
We are pretty sure the ritual didn’t work
Sean Penn: Today the U.S. lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion. #HugoChavez
— CNN Public Relations (@CNNPR) March 6, 2013