Wednesday, April 3rd 2013 - 07:03 UTC

Maduro launches presidential campaign saying ‘Chavez’s spirit’ appeared to him in the form of a singing bird

Ruling-party presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday at the childhood home of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez that he felt that his deceased mentor appeared to him in the form of a “little bird”, blessed him and made a strong call ‘on to (electoral) battle’.

“I felt it was giving us a blessing, telling us: ‘Today the battle gets started. Go on to victory”, according to acting president Maduro

“I felt it here like it was giving us a blessing, telling us: ‘Today the battle gets started. Go on to victory. Have our blessings.’ That’s what I felt in my soul,” revealed Maduro at the patio of Chavez’s birthplace in the western state of Sabaneta de Barinas.

Maduro, who was accompanied by Chavez’s siblings, said that while he was praying in a small chapel on Tuesday morning, and finding himself completely alone, the bird appeared and he established communication by whistling.

“Suddenly a little bird, very tiny, entered and went over flew three times around me up here,” he said indicating his head and imitating the bird’s flapping and chirping.

The bird, Maduro continued somewhat emotionally, “landed on a wooden beam and began to whistle, a pretty whistling,” he said, imitating the sound.

“I kept watching it and I also started whistling...‘If you whistle, I’ll whistle,’ and I whistled. The little bird looked at me strangely, no? It whistled for a moment, it flew over my head once again and left and I felt it was his (Chavez’s) spirit,” he remarked.

Maduro, who has been acting president since Chavez died on March 5 after a 21-month battle with cancer, is seeking victory in the April 14 election so that he can complete the 2013-2019 presidential term that, had he lived, Chavez would have served.

On Tuesday the official campaign period for April 14 presidential election took off with Maduro at Chavez hometown and his main rival Henrique Capriles in the eastern state of Monagas.

“All I have is the power of the people. I don't have the support of the courts or the government’s resource” Capriles told tens of thousands of his supporters in Maturin, capital of Monagas.

“Each one of you should take the campaign to your homes, to your neighbourhoods” said Capriles, who was defeated by Chavez in last year's presidential election.

Recent public opinion polls have Capriles ten percentage points behind acting president Maduro.


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1 Welsh Wizard (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 08:18 am Report abuse
Milking it
2 Shed-time (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 08:29 am Report abuse
Given their proponency of the 'intercession of the dead' (ancestor worship), has the Catholic chief beatified Chavez after this miracle during his path to canonisation?

Do they need some of his dessicated bones to worship?
3 brit abroad (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 08:53 am Report abuse
what the $#@%!!
What era are they living in in SA? 11th century?
4 Idlehands (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 09:51 am Report abuse
Does this indicate the metality and educational levels of the voters he is trying to attract? He'd be laughed at in most countries for that gobbledegook.
5 Stevie (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 10:32 am Report abuse
Only thing it indicates is your fine ability of monolingualism and lack of understanding of the flavours of the language. Nothing else.
6 Pirate Love (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 10:45 am Report abuse
‘Chavez’s spirit’ appeared to him in the form of a singing bird..........


convenient political miracles you cant beat them to rally south americas backward folk!!!
7 Idlehands (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 11:10 am Report abuse
5 Stevie (#)

So you believe he was visited by a bird imbued with the spirit of Chavez then?
8 Britworker (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 11:11 am Report abuse
Yes, cuckoo, cuckoo!!!
9 Stevie (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 11:16 am Report abuse
Of course not, you and MP are the only ones to believe that that was what was being said.

Read, you monolingual sad one...
10 Idlehands (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 11:33 am Report abuse
How is that any different? It's a load of “spiritual” claptrap.
11 Stevie (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 11:42 am Report abuse
If the man believes, he belives. Doesn't mean you can twist his words to fit your arguments.
But as most of you are monolingual artists, it's easy to make you believe just about anything.
12 yankeeboy (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 11:54 am Report abuse
In any other country he wouldn't be qualified to run as President. For the people of Venezuela I hope they finally end this Chavez nightmare.
13 Idlehands (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 11:59 am Report abuse
11 Stevie

Is “monolingual” your insult for the day?

Not speaking Spanish is hardly a crime - it's a sign of poverty, especially when you all feel compelled to learn English anyway. I speak French but only because I work with them - not out of choice.
14 ChrisR (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 12:07 pm Report abuse
Now if he had been visited by a succabus that would at least have been interesting on a paranoid delusional level.

This this little bird crapped on his head: he would have known it was Dead Man Now Rotting encouraging the bus driver to do what he did: crap on the people of Venezuela
15 Stevie (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 12:11 pm Report abuse
“Not speaking Spanish is hardly a crime - it's a sign of poverty”

I fully agree with that statement.

By the way, your monoligualism isn't an insult of mine, it's a fact of yours.
16 Idlehands (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 12:22 pm Report abuse
Not speaking Spanish doesn't make anyone monolingual. Is a German that speaks English and Dutch monolingual because he doesn't speak Spanish?
17 Stevie (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 12:25 pm Report abuse
Mono = one
lingual = tongued
You really need me to tell you that anyone who speaks more than one language isn't monolingual?
But hey, speaking Dutch in English, doesn't count. Neither does French in English.
18 Idlehands (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 12:29 pm Report abuse
What are you jabbering on about now? I'm no more monolingual than you - I just don't speak Spanish - and really who cares?
19 Stevie (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 12:44 pm Report abuse
Not many people cares about what you speak, you are quite right about that...
As I said, Dutch in English doesn't count ;)
20 Redrow (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 12:45 pm Report abuse
Was it a tit?
21 Sergio Vega (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 12:55 pm Report abuse
No more comments on the mental capability of Mr. well as the former walking dead man.....

If this guy get the office next election, Venezuela will be closest to the cliff ever...

R.I.P. Venezuela.....and Venezuelans....
22 Conqueror (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 12:58 pm Report abuse
Doesn't Maduro realise that he could have mobilised far more support if he'd suggested his likeness to Freddie Mercury with a beer belly? Probably wise. Mercury fans would probably have shot him in a moment.

@11 Oh dear. And yet you decry Jesus walking on water, the pointlessness of homosexuality and the proven science of cloning. Just as a matter of interest, what is the point of queers?
@17 Have you looked inside your mouth? Big as it is, do you have more than one tongue? If you do, you are a mutant. Or an alien. Or a freak. Or an argie. Or all four!
23 ElaineB (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 12:59 pm Report abuse
Nice attempt at deflection.

I think the stupid-as-pigs-dribble bus driver will get elected because he will run a fear campaign. 'If you don't vote for me your benefits will stop' and that is even more effective than displaying his mental incapacity by believing 'a bird told me to fight for the Presidency'. Although you can hear these anecdotes about being given 'a sign' all over SoAm.

Maybe he can see that appearing mentally unstable has been no hinderance to CFK so he is giving it a go too.
24 Fbear (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 01:00 pm Report abuse
It is such ridiculous public statements as this that make political fodder for conservative and elite-owned media. Maduro, no matter what he believes he saw, if anything, is a figure of humor for these people, and he obviously is making a private moment, if it existed at all, too public for transparent political gain. What a pity that his audience is that part which can be manipulated for votes by clever, but often stupid, politicians while the image of Venezuela around the world is shaped by the opposing media. This is too bad. Bigger countries that want to have control over the regime in whatever way they can will be planning and scheming with every such utterance Maduro makes. He ought to realize by now that he is no Chavez, as far as political savvy goes. But when do they EVER learn?
25 Stevie (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 01:06 pm Report abuse
“Just as a matter of interest, what is the point of queers?”

How can it ever be your business what other people do with their own arses? Are you jelous they can?
26 Shed-time (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 05:16 pm Report abuse
I don't speak spanish because it radically decreases the statistical likelihood of me and my offspring being poor. If not speaking spanish somehow makes me monolingual, then I'm affirmedly monolingual. 好吧?
27 Anglophile (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 06:45 pm Report abuse
Hahahahahahaha......priceless, you have to love SA politicians....
28 Brit Bob (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 07:09 pm Report abuse
Singing bird. Ahh, nice bit of electioneering South American style. Somehow I don't think it would go down so easy in Europe or North America.
29 GeoffWard2 (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 08:31 pm Report abuse
The Spirit Of Amazonia appeared to me in a quiet moment on a beach in Bahia, it looked like a Maned Sloth ... or maybe a Giant Otter.

The four-legged Spirit whispered in my left ear, in Sloth-speak .. or maybe Otter-speak .. “I want you to be Brasil's next President”.

So that's it then,
I've been MOVED!
Hu Ya!
30 ChrisR (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 09:17 pm Report abuse
29 GeoffWard2

I should take more water with it Geoff.

31 redpoll (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 10:47 pm Report abuse
@30 Ectually old boy that singing bird was a desicated penguin named Nestor to whom the Black Widow always refers to as “EL”
Isnt that Hebrew for God?
32 commonsparrow (#) Apr 04th, 2013 - 02:04 am Report abuse
Little Bird? No No No!!!! Chavez was NOT a little bird, what an insult!. Maybe a gallina, but then, coming back as that would be too dangerous. The people are hungry over there.
33 agent999 (#) Apr 04th, 2013 - 05:05 am Report abuse
25 Stevie
same old, same old rubbish

don't worry little man, we will troll for you
34 Anglotino (#) Apr 04th, 2013 - 10:16 am Report abuse
Stevie Stevie Stevie

Monolingualism is your new insult? You seemed have moved on from insulting sexuality since post 25.

“How can it ever be your business what other people do with their own arses? Are you jelous they can?”

It's always a pleasure to highlight your hypocrisy. In the following forum you took perverse pleasure in teaming up with Think after he FIRST raised sexuality as an attack point without any previous prompting or reason:

I especially like your post 103 where you call me “lass” and serenaded me with these lyrics ”te voy a romper el orto, te voy a romper el orto. Y de tanto treque-treque te va a salir humo del ojete”.

For those that are indeed monolingual, cut and paste into Google Translate and then decide how hypocritical Stevie really is.

Stick to your convictions Stevie, changing them to suit circumstance is a sure sign you lack integrity.

By the way, talking to a bird makes you insane unless you are Snow White:
35 Conqueror (#) Apr 04th, 2013 - 04:58 pm Report abuse
@25 Certainly not! The “arse” is made for one purpose. Removal point for faecal matter. Anyone who uses it for anything else is a pervert. And thus we come to whether it is my business. Of course it is. Perverts should be removed from the gene pool. As a priority. Permanently. Publicly. And with extreme prejudice.
36 reality check (#) Apr 04th, 2013 - 05:26 pm Report abuse
It was probably KFC's little bird, the one that flew in from the Falklands!

On the subject of “the bird” nothing more satisfying than giving it too her!
37 Stevie (#) Apr 04th, 2013 - 11:51 pm Report abuse
I was flirting with you... Didn't you see the *blink blink*??
Brit monolingualism is not an insult, merely a fact. And Dutch in English does NOT count.
38 Anglotino (#) Apr 05th, 2013 - 02:44 am Report abuse
@35 Conq Conq Conq Conq Conq you really are mutton dressed as lamb by using that name.

Considering your lack of intelligence and belief that the arse is only made for the removal of faecal matter, then I can only assume by your posts that you speak out of your arse.

I am so glad my very existence pisses you off so much.

@37 Stevie

Oh! Now that you are called out on your behaviour it was all a joke and flirting!

Please don't assume that my intelligence level is as low as yours, because I can guarantee it is not. You can't even get my name right after all these weeks. You saw Think attacking me using my sexuality without any prompting by me and decided to join in.

You even lavished praise on Think and all I got was a rather ineffectual dig at being called a lass and these song lyrics:

”te voy a romper el orto, te voy a romper el orto. Y de tanto treque-treque te va a salir humo del ojete”.

I've told you before, stick to your convictions Stevie, your own words condemn you show your lack of integrity better than I ever could.

I notice you didn't castigate Conqs latest pathetic comment in a bid to reply to me. Typical. A fair weather friend but always a hypocrite.

Monolingualism… pfft – a bird told me you should learn to argue.
39 Stevie (#) Apr 05th, 2013 - 09:20 am Report abuse
Telling you that you don't HAV E to come out of the closet twice a day has nothing to do with other homosexuals, just yourself.
Don't hide behind a rainbow flag.

There is nothing you can say to conq in order to castigate him, he understands two things; “Barf, barf” and “TO GROUND!”
He's a very simple man, little meaning in wasting time there.

Monoligualism is still merely a fact, not an argument.
40 Anglotino (#) Apr 05th, 2013 - 11:15 pm Report abuse
@39 Stevie

Please stop proving you limited abilities.

Think raised sexuality FIRST on that thread not ME. I am not hiding behind anything, unlike yourself who is now twisting and squirming after calling me names and quoting obscene lyrics. I told you that I was happy to let you hang yourself with your own words and now they are coming back to haunt you. You mistakenly assumed that I was fighting back at you to stop when if you read through, you will see that as soon as you had said what I needed, I left.

I have had more posts of Conq closely followed by Think. Both of them think nothing of being homophobic or racist. However you are quite happy to go along with Think when his opinions align with yours - I really hope you have lilly white skin like Think because most of his comments I remove are based on his racist names and references to those that don't.

I agree monolingualism is a fact around the world. Indeed after travelling through 28 countries I would have to say that it is a fact in almost every country and not just a British one as you seem espouse. If you are claiming that many posters on here are monolingual then you are stating this without proof or fact.... always a dangerous thing to do because what you say will always come back to trip you up in the future.
41 Stevie (#) Apr 06th, 2013 - 12:01 am Report abuse

Dutch in English still doesn't count.
42 Gordo1 (#) Apr 06th, 2013 - 02:36 pm Report abuse
Stevie - who are you trying to kid? In spite of your defence of Maduro what he claims is utter rubbish! And he must know it is!

Pura paja del pajarito.
43 Stevie (#) Apr 06th, 2013 - 09:59 pm Report abuse
I agree it's utter rubbish, but still, it's not what MP makes it appear. Saying you believe something is not the same as saying it actually happened.
44 Gordo1 (#) Apr 07th, 2013 - 09:59 am Report abuse
@43 Stevie - take a look at this! If anyone is going to die it is only by laughing too much!
45 Stevie (#) Apr 07th, 2013 - 11:58 am Report abuse
Zelmar Michelini, Che Guevara, Salvador Allende are some names that pops into mind.
What you laugh about so dearly, has been a cruel reality in these latitudes over the course of history.
46 Gordo1 (#) Apr 07th, 2013 - 04:20 pm Report abuse
What amused me was:
“Mr Maduro also claimed a centuries-old curse would fall on the heads of those who do not vote for him in next week's election to pick a successor to late leader Hugo Chavez.
Mr Maduro's invocation of the ”curse of Macarapana“ was the latest twist in an increasingly surreal fight between him and opposition leader Henrique Capriles for control of the South American OPEC nation of 29 million people.
”If anyone among the people votes against Nicolas Maduro, he is voting against himself, and the curse of Macarapana is falling on him,“ said Maduro, referring to the 16th-century Battle of Macarapana when Spanish colonial fighters massacred local Indian forces.
Wearing a local indigenous hat at a rally in Amazonas state, a largely jungle territory on the borders of Brazil and Colombia, Maduro compared Capriles and the opposition coalition to the enslaving Spanish occupiers.”

Also, the threat from salvadoreño “right wing elements” is totally risible - the right wing in El Salvador is not organised enough to be able to “punch itself out of a paper bag” so, in my opinion, it is totally incapable of getting involved in Venezuelan presidential elections.

I had never heard of Zelmar Michelini - (I am far too young!) - but I don;t see the connection between present day myth making by Maduro with the deaths of Guevara and Allende.
47 Stevie (#) Apr 07th, 2013 - 08:41 pm Report abuse
I don't judge people for their belief. Although I don't have one, should I start judging everyone else for having one, I'd be doing little else.
What is important to me is what the man does for his people. Should it turn out he is a religious fanatic, I'm sure the Venezuelan people will deal with it accordingly.

All three I mentioned where killed by US interference, in one way or another. Guevara directly, with the help of Bolivian soldiers. Michelini in the Operación Condor and Allende a victim of Pinochet with the well-recorded help from USA.
48 Gordo1 (#) Apr 07th, 2013 - 10:05 pm Report abuse
You see shadows!
49 golfcronie (#) Apr 09th, 2013 - 07:14 pm Report abuse
You talk absolute bollocks, get a grip man. Difficult to rid a country of a dictator, look at Argentina. Good old MAGGIE did though, although all Argies will dispute that.

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