Hugo Chavez Lies In State With Open Coffin
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez repeatedly caught the headlines with his turns of phrase as he addressed his own people in his weekly TV show or spoke to the world on official engagements.
"You have a pig tail, a pig ears, and you snort like a pig. You are a pig."
Responding to then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in February 2006, who days earlier had called Venezuela a threat to regional democracy and a "sidekick" of Iran.
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Speaking at the United Nations the day after President George Bush in 2006.
"The lord of war is Donald Rumsfeld, one of the dogs of the devil."
Speaking about US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in 2006.
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Speaking about then Prime MInister Tony Blair in 2006.
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After Venezuela expelled the US ambassador in 2008.
"You are a fraud, Obama. . Go and ask many people in Africa, who might have believed in you because of the colour of your skin, because your father was from Africa. You are an Afro descendant, but you are the shame of all those people."
Speaking about US President Barack Obama in 2011.
"Give me your crown of thorns, Christ, give it to me, so that I bleed; Give me your cross, 100 crosses, and I will carry them for you. But give me life, because II wholesale Panthers jerseys
still have things to do for my people and my country. Don take me yet."
During a mass held for his health during his cancer treatment in April 5, 2012.
Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias was born on July 28, 1954, in the rural town of Sabaneta in western Venezuela. He was the son of schoolteachers and the second of six brothers.
He was raised by his grandmother in a home with a dirt floor, mud walls and a roof made of palm fronds. As a boy he was a fine baseball player and hoped he might one day play in the US major leagues.
But when he joined the military aged 17 the young soldier immersed himself in the history of 19th century independence leader Simon Bolivar and other Venezuelan heroes who had overthrown the Spanish rule.
His political ideas began to take shape and the baseball dream was forgotten although he remained a lifelong fan of the game.
Chavez first burst into public view in 1992 as a paratrooper commander leading a military rebellion that brought tanks to the presidential palace.
When the coup collapsed, Chavez was allowed to make a televised statement in which he declared his movement had failed "for now". The speech, and those two defiant words, launched his career, sealing his defiant image into the memory of Venezuelans.
Two years later, he and other coup leaders werewere cheap Panthers jerseys free shipping
released from prison, and President Rafael Caldera dropped the charges against them.
After establishing a new political party, Chavez ran for president in 1998, pledging to clean up Venezuela entrenched corruption and shatter its traditional two party system. At the age of 44, he became the country youngest president, winning 56% of the vote.
Soon after he took office on February 2, 1999, Chavez and his United Socialist Party of Venezuela party pushed through a new constitution, which included lengthening presidential terms from five years to six and changing the country name to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
By 2000, his increasingly confrontational style and close ties to Cuba disenchanted many of the middle class supporters who voted for him, and the following years saw bold attempts by opponents to dislodge him from power.