The tomb of Hugo Chavez, a quiet place to idolize
Visit the military museum which holds the remains of Hugo Chavez began like any other. A guide holding a small red sign informs groups of 20 or more visitors than the pictures can be snapped but taking video is prohibited.
And please stay together. First stop, a tent where soldiers hand each child a backpack with the now iconic image of the eyes of Chavez and the words “Chavez, I promise.”
Thus begins a campaign slogan Nicolas Maduro, the interim president and designated successor of Mr. Chavez. The second part of the slogan: “I will vote for Maduro.”
Sunday’s election to replace Chavez, who is favorite to win Maduro, it is more than overcome opposition candidates Henrique Capriles.
For Chavez socialist heirs, it is to capture the revolution that has endeared the poor and Venezuela to its inextricable be Venezuelan teachings.
On the eve of the election, the recorded voice of Chavez rang in the Military Museum, singing the national anthem at a ceremony to celebrate the anniversary of the creation of a militia of 125,000 citizens to strengthen the ranks of 135,000 armed forces members.
A militiaman closes before Maduro. “Chavez life,” he barked. “The fight continues,” Maduro responded automatically. One by one, members of the militia have repeated the ritual.
The coffin granite Chavez is in the master bedroom of a former military barracks pink overlooking Caracas. Four soldiers in red uniforms ceremony guard around his body, swords out the ground.
It was in this building that the former commander of paratroopers led a failed coup six years before 1992, he was elected president.
Before entering the room, the guide provides a flame torch stone symbolizing immortality _ Chavez. “It never goes out,” she said. Inside the room, the group turns slowly around the coffin. Some women weep softly.
In front of the tomb hang two huge portraits of Chavez, who died March 5 after a long battle with cancer.
Known to all Venezuelans, “.. Nothing” The other is more recent” The young Chavez when he said on national television after being captured in 1992 as his shot missed forever, “said a woman as she looks up to her.
Visitors will then stop at a chapel. Some pray Chavez himself, asking him to help Maduro become a great leader. The queue of people waiting to get into the museum Saturday numbered in the tens of millions of people away who were found to his funeral.
While the wave of mourning on the death of grants Chavez, Venezuela which he bequeathed problems fester. They include food and power outages, kidnappings and murders plaguing. Maduro is favorite to win Sunday, but polls suggest his lead over Capriles has narrowed considerably.
In the other rooms of the museum, photos celebrate childhood, military career Chavez and 14 years in power. “Look Dad, look! ‘” A 5 year old boy, said, jumping up and down as it does for their favorite photos.
“Yes, dear. Chavez is in heaven,” replied his father, a taxi driver Joaquin Nieto.” Chavez is everywhere.”