Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said an image of his idol and predecessor, the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, has appeared miraculously in the
wall of an underground construction site.
In the latest incident, Maduro said Chavez's face had briefly appeared to workers building a new subway line in Caracas in the middle of the
"My hair stands on end just telling you about it," Maduro said on state TV late on Wednesday, showing a photo of a white-plaster wall with marks that
appear like eyes and a nose. "Who is that face? That gaze is the gaze of the fatherland that is everywhere around us, including in inexplicable
phenomena," added an awed Maduro, who won an April election to replace Chavez after his 14-year presidency.
Maduro's reverence for Chavez plays well with government supporters, who treat the charismatic former leader's memory with religious adoration. The
50-year-old Maduro, who mixes Catholic beliefs with a penchant for Asian spirituality, has been a devoted personal follower of Chavez since first
meeting him at a jail in 1993.
Workers took the photo with a mobile phone during the image's brief appearance, the president added. "Just as it appeared, so it disappeared. So you
see, what you say is right, Chavez is everywhere, we are Chavez, you are Chavez," Maduro said during an event shown on live TV.
umm yeah.... the similarity is astounding
So this image supposedly appeared for a brief time only then disappeared again.
Furthermore Mr Maduro says that in June Chavez tends to appear to him in the mountains that overlook Caracas.
Venezuela have been attempting to Deify Chavez since his death, and they were already saying they would as he was dying. It's a propaganda campaign
by the current government to ensure Chavez stays in the public psyche. As the current president was Chavez's vice-president, it'll probably be a
pretty successful way of maintaining his own popularity.
The images now appearing in the streets of Venezuela leave no doubt about it. They don’t compare Chavez to Simon Bolivar -- the inspiration
of the nation’s “comandante” -- but to Jesus Christ. And there are explicit slogans displayed that go further and deeper into Venezuelan
reality: “The people are Chavez” and “We are all Chavez” -- like some modern miracle of transubstantiation.
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