Go home, Hugo, you’re dead

Even in Venezuela they think so:

Hundreds of pro-opposition students and other critics of Hugo Chávez’s government marched in Caracas [Sunday] to demand proof that the cancer-stricken Venezuelan leader is still alive and governing.

The crowd, including various leaders at the more militant end of the Democratic Unity opposition coalition, sang protest songs and waved banners as they rallied in a central neighborhood on a sweltering morning.

“Give us the truth!” and “Stop lying!” read banners.

And if it should turn out, as previously reported, that Chávez is no longer fit for anything much more than Weekend at Bernie’s III — what then?


  1. fillyjonk »

    5 March 2013 · 5:05 pm

    And, last I checked, Abe Vigoda is still alive.

    I think they call that a “net positive.”

  2. Tatyana »

    5 March 2013 · 5:12 pm

    As numerous times noted today elsewhere, Hugo stretched it for a perfect symbolism: today is the date Stalin died

  3. CGHill »

    5 March 2013 · 5:16 pm

    Yep. I actually scheduled this to go off before I heard that Hugo had been declared Really Most Sincerely Dead, and, well, I don’t have the best editing facilities in the car.

  4. Tatyana »

    5 March 2013 · 5:20 pm

    And look, I just googled it on Foxnews:
    The announcement came just hours after Maduro announced the government had expelled two U.S. diplomats from the country.
    Maduro also said “we have no doubt” that Chavez’s cancer, which was first diagnosed in June 2011, was induced by foul play by “the historical enemies of our homeland.”

    Compare to Stalin’s paranoia and the Doctor’s Plot. The similarities can not be just coincidental. I think it’s the typical path for all dictators

  5. CGHill »

    5 March 2013 · 5:40 pm

    Especially dictators who fail to outlive me. (Hugo was several months younger, and he looked several decades older — and I am no prize.)

  6. fillyjonk »

    5 March 2013 · 5:41 pm

    I suspect that paranoia is a function of the kind of mindset that allows a person to be dictatorial….

    I’ve dealt with a few “petty tyrants” in my life who had slightly paranoiac tendencies.

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