Maybe it isn’t terribly surprising that a guy who fought against having his country’s natural resources depleted in order to enrich some bloated American plutocrats isn’t so popular in the good ole’ U S of A.
Elsewhere his passing is being mourned.
Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador and one of Chávez’s closest allies, said: “We have lost a revolutionary, but millions of us remain inspired.”
The Bolivian president, Evo Morales, another of the Venezuelan president’s most loyal disciples, was teary-eyed and declared: “Chávez is more alive than ever.”
“Chávez will continue to be an inspiration for all peoples who fight for their liberation,” Morales said in a televised speech.
There was a similar tribute from Nicaragua, a nation that broadly benefited from cut-price Venezuelan oil. Rosario Murillo, the wife and spokeswoman of the president, Daniel Ortega, said Chávez was “one of the dead who never die”.