Yesterday in Caracas, the mortal remains of President Hugo Chávez Frias were carried, in closed casket, down a main thoroughfare called Los Próceres, to the National Military Academy where he will lay in state until Friday.
A service was read (beautifully) and then family, visiting dignitaries (Cristina Kirtchener/Argentina, Evo Morales/Bolivia, Pepe Mujica/Uruguay) and high officials took turns standing as "guards of honor" at the open casket or "capilla ardiente". Later the general public was given a chance to file by the plain wooden flag draped coffin, which will continue with, no doubt, thousands of citizens visiting the site.
The scene was broadcast via traditional media outlets but also on large screens in the Plazas Bolívar all over Venezuela, via the recently initiated national system of satellite digital TV. One of Chávez's final initiatives before his death to bring interactive television to the most remote areas of the country.
As I needed some of the everyday things one needs to continue on with 'the life'; I caught a "por puesto" [shared car, costs 4 bolivares] and went downtown to the Plaza Bolívar, here in Puerto La Cruz...
More images from yesterday, Wednesday, PLC, Anzoátegui, Venezuela ~
Family, no helmets, as usual...
Hurricane of Love ~ photo mural...
She loved her poster...
...as well as her "Comandante" ~ note: t-shirt Tupamaro [a sometimes armed radical left group]. Guardia Nacional got a little nervous when I tried a closer look.
Tizana [fruit punch] diez bolo... ten bolivares
Tents with seating and large flat screen digital TV for viewing the proceedings taking place in Caracas. You can just see the satellite dish to the right.
Just... love at first sight... I must say,
...can't you see why?
And along with Elvis... yes indeed... Chávez lives!
...y en paz descanse.
all images and text©2013 by Will Gentieu