Chavez’s body to be embalmed

An admirer weeps as she look on Chavez in his coffin. Photo credit: AFP
An admirer weeps as she look on Chavez in his coffin. Photo credit: AFP

Venezuela’s acting president, Nicolas Maduro, has said Hugo Chavez’s body will be embalmed and put on permanent display in a glass coffin in the Museum of the Revolution in Caracas.

This is being done, according to Maduro, so that “his people will always have him”.

The acting president said the late leader’s body would be embalmed “like Lenin”, the Russian revolutionary leader, and put on display for at least another seven days before it is moved to the museum.

A state funeral for Chavez to be attended by some 33 heads of government is scheduled to begin on Friday.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is expected to represent Dominica.

Since his death, tens of thousands have file past the glass-top coffin the contained the body of Chavez, following a seven-hour procession on Tuesday, which took his body from the hospital where he died.

General Jose Ornella said that Chavez died of a massive heart attack.

On Thursday afternoon, in Dominica, a special memorial mass was held at the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in honor of late Venezuelan leader.

Chavez died on Tuesday afternoon after a nearly two-year battle with cancer.

Meanwhile the Dominica Freedom Party has said Chavez’s death will “undoubtedly create a void not only in Venezuela but also in Latin America, the Caribbean and the international community as a whole.”

“Dominica has had a long and fruitful relationship with the Government and people of Venezuela spanning many years and we hope this relationship will continue for the mutual benefit and well being of the peoples of both countries,” the party said in a release on Thursday.

“As Venezuelans mourn the passing of President Chavez, the Dominica Freedom Party extends sincere condolences to the family, friends, Government and people of Venezuela in their time of bereavement.” the release stated.

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  1. Anonymous
    March 10, 2013

    I have only one word for this: “utter rubbish!”

  2. March 10, 2013

    What good is it to be a dead king…
    And are there any???

  3. sexy
    March 9, 2013

    rip you have done many for Dominican do some still did not care. :-|

  4. nightwatch
    March 9, 2013

    Stop being ungrateful. That’s y Dominica will never prosper. The man give Skerritt to help all of us Let the man rest in peace and stop analyzing
    everything people get a life!!!! 8)

  5. no fool
    March 9, 2013

    i cannot believe such a large number of people could be so brainwashed. i mean you can support a politician but to go to that extent… stupesssssssss. if allu people duh bury chavez an earthquake will bury him for allu. MY GOD is a jealous God!

  6. Malatete
    March 8, 2013

    Since I was a little boy and had to kiss a relic, purporting to contain a splinter of the Holy Cross I have felt a revulsion against such practices. I remember thinking “Holy Jesus, how many crosses did you die on for there be so many splinters remaining in the twentieth century?”.
    How many body parts of saints are still venerated and for waht purpose? This is macabre, lugubrious and now the mortal remains of Hugo Chavez join the list of gruesome relics.
    Venezuela being a catholic country and Hugo Chavez being a practising catholic himself I would not be surprised for his final resting place to be come a shrine with “miracles” being proclaimed before too long.
    All this to try and bestow eternal life on this man so that the the rulers, who follow him can claim that they act in his rememberance, that it is “what he would have wanted” and in this way sanctions their actions.
    The man deserves better than being used in such a grotesque way. To end up as a prize exhibit in a freak show is not befitting his legacy He was a world leader of stature and deserves no more or less than a decent burial.
    The memories of him will the more dignified for it.

  7. March 8, 2013

    he died like a soldire
    RIP president HUGO CHAVEZ

  8. shy
    March 8, 2013

    Daddy Chavez Gone

  9. March 8, 2013

    Bustamante of Jamaica was also jailed by the British, but he later became the Prime Minister of Jamaica. Kenyatta was put in prison before becoming leader of his country. Nkrumah left the prison to take over as President of Ghana. Ghandi was imprisoned also.

    So let’s stop throwing stones. Perhaps some of you who are so critical of Chavez are drug pushers, rapists, extortioners…etc. Also remember, that when you point the accusory finger at others; you might be pointing three back at you.


    • Justice and Truth
      March 8, 2013

      They are haters and unappreciative. Our Lord Jesus Christ would say that their hearts are hard – unloving.

    • Rhode Is bar
      March 9, 2013

      You again you left out ur favorite expression since i last accused you of hearing it at a bar in Boston. Didn’t you learn at that same bar Rosie also was jailed in Canadaand became P.M of DA? Soon the reverse will occur becoming P.Ms before going to jail how about that?

  10. stehen
    March 8, 2013

    we need leaders that will command respect in our eyes,we need an agrculture government an adminstration that overstand what GOD blessed us with so we DOMINICAn dont have to look outside our country for heros

  11. chavez
    March 8, 2013

    people worshiping a man who give the poor just enought so they could be loyal to him and still remain poor, yet venezuela has maybe the most oil reserve and the most poverty.. i really dont know how some people think but if i was in his shoe as president i would try to wipeout poverty because it breeds crime and violence(venezuela).
    he concerntrated his ideas on giving other countries so much and rub cheeks with people like the iranian president and those countries that would kill someone who opposes muslim ideology..
    in my view Chavez was a self centered leader who used the poor for his political advantage..

    • Justice and Truth
      March 8, 2013

      Probably if he did not help other countries, the money could have been used for the Venezuelan poor. He helped other countries. They benefitted from his generosity. Therefore, be appreciative and satisfied with that.

  12. Anonymous
    March 8, 2013

    You just cant trust western news. I never knew Chavez was so loved by his people. :mrgreen:

    • Justice and Truth
      March 8, 2013

      If you have to listen to western news as from the U.S., Canada and Europe, there are times you could be misled and go astray. They fabricate the stories and never really tell the truth. Listen carefully to the manner in which those journalists broadcast the news and you will realize that. People form their own opinion when they listen to certain propaganda. However, we must utilize our common sense and good judgment.
      Chavez was a politician. He had his views, principles and a vision for Venezuela. He also had political enemies. He did not appreciate capitalist and materialistic countries. This is no reason for him to be disliked or hated and spoken ill of to the point of denouncing him as a bad leader.
      The very people who reside in those countries are displeased with their governments. It is tax, consistently higher taxes and increased costs as income is not increasing. Are they in a better position to criticize Chavez?
      For one who resides in one of them, if I were to state more it would take too long.

  13. dhestini
    March 8, 2013

    smh. the man is dead. allow him to rest peacefully – in the earth – fr which he came fr. he was a leader, loved and hated by many, his time has ended. dont make him a permanent exibition. thats unnatural. his spirit may live on but send his body away. tsk tsk tsk

  14. fact
    March 8, 2013

    No Dominican in their passing, has ever received such accolades like Chavez is getting now. Are we a nation that is so uninformed, or is it the Red clinic handouts that has blinded our eyes. Day of mourning? Unbelievable!!

    • Justice and Truth
      March 9, 2013

      @ fact

      I thought someone would have stated that. In fact, I was waiting to hear this comment. Strange, would you believe it that yesterday it crossed my mind as if by instinct. God works in his mysterious ways.
      Recall last year the musician from St. Joseph who lived in Guadeloupe and died there. His remains were returned to Dominica where his family resides in St. Joseph. Were you aware of the article and numerous comments, honoring him on DNO and also that he was given a Concelebrated Holy Mass that the Bishop of the Dominica Catholic Church concelebrated in St. Joseph?
      His style of hair was natty dread, a Rasta I supposed. I wonder when last he attended Mass, practiced this Faith and if he was a faithful member of the Catholic Church, although baptized, since he grew up and became a musician.
      I also wondered, aside from financially assisting his mother (which I hope he did) how much he helped Dominica especially the poor. If I recall reading, a street in St. Joseph was named in his memory.
      On the anniversary of his death he was remembered as also published on DNO.
      Now tell me if this is not “such an accolades” for a Dominican who did not reside in Dominica and worked in another country and promoting his music, what was?
      I need not repeat what is written on DNO article pertaining to Chavez financial generosity to Dominica. Furthermore, he was a baptized Catholic Christian. Even though he may have been busy I am certain that he did not reject God and the Church.
      Now, do some research into all what I stated. Next time you make such a statement, do your homework and/or utilize your common sense based on what you read as published on DNO. This is the reason why you access DNO. I wonder if you read that article.
      President Hugo Chavez was appreciated and recognized for what he did for Dominica and was rewarded with a Memorial Holy Mass. This is the DA PM’s and national’s appreciation of all what he did for Dominica. He deserved it.
      We know in Holy Scriptures: “Every good and perfect gift comes from above, the Father of Lights.” It is also and primarily God’s reward for the good that Chavez did for Dominica. Are you denying him this godly spiritual opportunity to assist him eternally? Where is your heart and Christianity?

  15. non resident
    March 8, 2013

    wow, seems that Chavez is going to be like Lenin…which body still in Red Square in Moscow as a grim reminder of people’s stupidity…

    • Nice
      March 9, 2013

      Nice one did not perceive it in that way before even I thought it silly thanks for the poetic way you phrased it great.

    • Malgraysa's critic
      March 9, 2013

      Magraysa did you read that? Non Resident’s twist/spin on a grim reminder of people’s stupidity? Jaime died froma massive heart attack so did Chavez right Malgraysa who next? Will it be …………….. or will it be………….

  16. Peace
    March 8, 2013

    Don’t agree although I know it makes no difference.
    I am still registering my opposition.
    Only God must be worshiped.

    • IPO
      March 8, 2013

      Opossition to what, and what difference does it make….lalalalalalalalala

      • Malgraysa's critic
        March 9, 2013

        IPO maybe only his opinion counts lol!

    • Justice and Truth
      March 9, 2013

      God does not mind that people are honored “only for their good works on earth” just as parents are honored for nurturing their children appropriately and being loving parents throughout their life. The same applies for a good friend, neighbor and a good boss, those who have been kind to us during their life. They do deserve it.
      Some of you appear to misunderstand the difference of love, gratitude and of worship. Only God is to be worshipped. Know the difference.
      It pleases God that his people honor good deeds. Even some dictators/communists have done some good be it to their family. God will judge them; not you for you are not God and never will be.

  17. Peace
    March 8, 2013

    Don’t agree although I know it make no difference.
    i am stll registering my opposition.
    Only God must be worshiped.

  18. jalousie
    March 8, 2013

    uno noh have no respect. h’m was not a king, but him serve a country as a president. if it was the US president uno wouldn’t be sayin’ dat.

  19. Anonymous
    March 8, 2013

    what the heck is this? the man is dead and cannot be with his people. My God even Jesus Christ was buried…..

  20. Anonymous
    March 8, 2013

    BURY THE MAN!he should be returning to dust. by dust he came by dust he should return.

  21. Possie
    March 8, 2013

    Daddy Chavez… Please, i want some millions.

  22. Justice and Truth
    March 8, 2013

    It is apparent to me and the entire world that Chavez was well-loved and did much for at least the majority of Venezuelans. He had many supporters. Otherwise, they would not have wasted their time to go out of their way and publicly project their love and mourning in such numbers. I am impressed. It also indicates to me the type of man he was with all his human flaws.
    I have resided in Canada, a democratic country for some years and when leaders passed on, I have not seen such an outpouring of public grief. I do not expect to see one as is occurring in Venezuela. Who knows? It may be that these people are cold and reserved. They may shed tears, pray, pay their respects, speak well of them but it is as far as this goes.
    Hugo Chavez, in your own political and personal way you have done much for many Venezuelans. Your family, friends and supporters will surely miss you. It is not without reason that you will be embalmed. There was some good in you as God knows too well and much better than us mortals and our limited minds could ever fathom. I share the sentiments of the Venezuelans. Once again, rest in peace.

    • Malgraysa
      March 8, 2013

      With respect madam, Hitler had many devoted admirers too, not to mention Napoleon, who re-introduced slavery but still has many admirers to this day and I assure you that there are many Russions hankering for the return of the “good old” days of Stalin. Think of the “Golden Calf” madam….!

  23. March 8, 2013

    Embalm his body so that the people will always have him…
    Oh!!GOD above,please help these people to come to their right senses..I pray.

  24. Anonymous
    March 8, 2013

    so what cant he be a king?

    • Jay
      March 8, 2013

      For a start because Venezuela is a Republic. Chavez was always proud to say:” The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”. No kings in Venezuela, it would betray the Revolution.

  25. bias dcans
    March 7, 2013

    Lord what i hearing there….when u have ears u hear when u have eyes u see…yes Chavez the Lord is incharge…when he says its time.its time……

  26. Plain Truth
    March 7, 2013

    Yes he is a king because when he gives Skerrit money is that same money that he give all you children stipen, is that same money that give them coastal bus from home to school, is that same money that pay free medical for all you children,is that same money that give all you plywood to build you all houses. It sill pay for when you all abondon all you mother and grandmother at their home so that the ‘yes we care program can get paid when they takecare of all you parent. It also pays for when you have your large nature appetise and get all you green card to buy the retro-viral tablet for all you so stop critizing Skerrit and go and throw stone in the sea behind balah or take a ride on a mosquto back :mrgreen:

  27. wells
    March 7, 2013

    A true patriot . One who look s after the poor r.ip commander by dominica and the rest of the world will surely be miss.of course ur humour and your morals will be miss by all

  28. Anonymous
    March 7, 2013

    An admirer – I thought it would have been a mourner

  29. hmmm
    March 7, 2013

    Pure dictator vibes.

  30. Erasmus
    March 7, 2013

    …And the personality cult continues like Ferdinand Marcos, Lenin, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jung Ill. The body will probably remain in the glass coffin until an army general gets the same bright idea that landed Mr. Chavez in jail in the early 1990’s.

  31. Anonymous
    March 7, 2013

    coffin already? an d man jus die hmmmmmm they was waiting for him to die man

  32. rescue 911
    March 7, 2013

    what harpen to,from dust to dust

  33. Mr.Gouty
    March 7, 2013

    A King has to be a man and he was a man, and if he was not a King to you , he could be a King to some one els

  34. wow
    March 7, 2013

    even in death Chavez still have a ‘hold’ on the people

  35. Anonymous
    March 7, 2013

    papa gone so all those lazy Dominicans who did not know what it is to work and wait on Chavez for house food drink and gas will wake up on their behind and find productive things to do. May Chavez rest in peace and may his family find comfort.

  36. cream
    March 7, 2013

    wat i hearing there they acting like the man is a king we smh

    • Dominican abroad
      March 7, 2013

      isn,t a king a human being ust like chavez. kings are people just like everyone else. we cause them to think otherwise.

      • malabau
        March 7, 2013

        Well said, Dominican abroad. Chavez was just a man, who cared for the poor…..

    • IPO
      March 7, 2013

      why do they give kids access to internet?

    • Too Hard Too Long
      March 8, 2013

      He was their king

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