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The Scene at Hugo Chávez’s Funeral

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Hugo Chávez was buried today in what must have been the hottest event of the Southern Hemisphere this year. Here’s some of what happened in Caracas:

At one point, Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, kissed the coffin, mustering a clenched fist after doing so. Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, shed some tears.

While leaders from an array of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean attended the funeral (along with Prince Felipe of Spain), some were notably absent from the politicized ceremony, in which Vice President Nicolás Maduro placed a replica of a golden sword on Mr. Chávez’s casket to much applause.

Putting the red in the red carpet was a consortium of Chávez’s allies:

The V.I.P. guest list included leftist Latin American presidents like Raúl Castro of Cuba, Evo Morales of Bolivia, Rafael Correa of Ecuador and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, who were among Mr. Chávez’s closest allies.

The United States, despite bearing the brunt of much of Chávez’s rhetorical ire, announced it was sending a delegation that including two congressmen.

Chávez Funeral Has Begun in Venezuela [NYT]

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herbcaen says:

Other “luminaries” at this festival include- J Street,Joey Mengele, Desmond Tutu, Alice (no Color Purple for Jews), various Kims from N Korea, Zawahiri the clown, Cindy Sheehan, Cynthia “Adolf” McKinney, Mr and Mrs Walt-Mearsheimer, Bashi Assad, Hassan Nasrallah, Michael Moore, Erdogan, Khamenei, Jimmy “the dhimmi” Carter, Thomass von Friedmann and many others. The Doors played a magnificent “Horst Wessel Lied” and other Nazi favorites


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The Scene at Hugo Chávez’s Funeral

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