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“Our Chavez who art in heaven, the earth, the sea and we delegates,”, “hallowed be your name”

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014 - 06:29 UTC
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The classic Christian “Lord's Prayer” has been adapted to implore beloved late leader Hugo Chavez for protection from the evils of capitalism. The classic Christian “Lord's Prayer” has been adapted to implore beloved late leader Hugo Chavez for protection from the evils of capitalism.
“Lead us not into the temptation of capitalism, deliver us from the evil of the oligarchy” red-shirted delegate Maria Estrella Uribe recited at PSUV Congress. “Lead us not into the temptation of capitalism, deliver us from the evil of the oligarchy” red-shirted delegate Maria Estrella Uribe recited at PSUV Congress.

Members of Venezuela's Socialist Party have rolled out a variation of the classic Christian “Lord's Prayer” to implore beloved late leader Hugo Chavez for protection from the evils of capitalism.
“Our Chavez who art in heaven, the earth, the sea and we delegates,” red-shirted delegate Maria Estrella Uribe recited at the PSUV party Congress.

 “Hallowed be your name, may your legacy come to us so we can spread it to people here and elsewhere. Give us your light to guide us every day,” she said in front of an image of Chavez.

“Lead us not into the temptation of capitalism; deliver us from the evil of the oligarchy, like the crime of contraband, because ours is the homeland, the peace and life forever and ever. Amen. Viva Chavez!” she exclaimed to applause.

Though Chavez died of cancer in March 2013, he remains omnipresent in Venezuela. His photo is plastered all over capital Caracas, state TV frequently airs excerpts of his famously lengthy speeches and supporters sometimes don earrings or pendants with an artistic black-and-white rendition of his eyes.

Chavez won over many poor in oil-rich Venezuela with his massive social programs and frequent attacks of what he deemed a “squalid” business elite. Many feel a spiritual connection with the gregarious former soldier, who also hails from a humble background.

Opponents blast what they see as a detrimental personality cult. They also accuse current President Nicolas Maduro of piggy-backing off his predecessor's popularity to distract supporters from shortages of basic goods, an annual inflation of around 60%, a stalled economy and sky-high crime rate.

Categories: Politics, Venezuela.

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  • ilsen

    just get out now! get out while you still can!

    Sep 03rd, 2014 - 06:53 am 0
  • Anglotino

    What next?

    Beheadings?

    Sep 03rd, 2014 - 06:59 am 0
  • reality check

    A new religion is born.

    PMSL at this one.

    Sep 03rd, 2014 - 07:12 am 0
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