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On inauguration day Chavez militants promise total loyalty and to defend his presidency

Friday, January 11th 2013 - 09:05 UTC
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Tens of thousands of Venezuelans packed the centre of Caracas on the day that Hugo Chavez, cancer-stricken and hospitalized in Cuba for over a month, had to take office for another six years and ended the rally with hands up in a massive oath of loyalty to the president. Read full article


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  • Boovis

    Here's a tip for you, if your country's leadership has a militant wing or your leader is seen regularly in public either in a military uniform or flanked by others in them: you're living in a second rate nationalistic sh1thole and any claims of democracy are equally bullpoo.

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 10:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Pepe to the fore, so that's alright then!

    Makes you wonder about the mental stability of the entire continent at times like this.

    They seem to be akin to the rabble of the French Revolution.

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 11:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • eteega

    If he ever returns he will be a “Dead Man Walking”
    A Personal belief: Cancer can be a dormant variety or an active variety...if it's dormant and you don't treat it you die of something else...if they treat it it is hailed as a success.
    If the cancer is an active variety and you treat it then they cut out a bit; and another bit, and another bit and then you die after much painful time at the hands of the medical butchers. If you don't treat it you live a little bit longer than you would with treatment, and then you die without the pain and abuse of the medical profession.

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 11:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • scottbart

    south america will be a much better place once this arsehole is dead!

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 01:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Gordo1

    What mature behaviour!

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 01:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tobers

    Always an effing revolution! This type of politics can only exist with
    -revolution- so therefor theres never an end to the revolution.

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 01:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • pgerman

    For God's sake !! how strange is this..

    I have always believed that the President or chief of the Government is the one who swears loyalty to the people and the Constitution. was tought and educated this way....though I was educated in Argentina during the years the militars were ruling the Country....

    Most probably Nestor Kirchner will be the person who will have to take swear to Chavez.....

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 02:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ptolemy

    Virtual presidency , huh,... El Cid! El Cid! El Cid!

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 02:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Christ! . Richard PRYOR has been reincarnated and is giving a speech at a Chav rally.

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 02:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tobers

    And why is he wearing a TEAM USA tracksuit?

    On the one hand its 'Hes one of us! Hes one of us!' on the other hand 'Hes our saviour! Worship him!'

    Make your minds up!!

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 02:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Boovis

    I'm Spartacus!!

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 04:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Raven

    @1 I totally agree.

    @11 NO! I am Spartacus!

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 04:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Gordo1

    So the Venezuelan regime is now, by all democratic and international recognised terms, ILLEGAL!

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 04:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • agent999

    So it looks like Paraguay are the Mercosur member that actually follows its constitution.

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 05:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • KFC de Pollo

    Its quite stupid of them not to have new elections straight away as all indicators point to the vice president winning but by pro longing the comatosed chavez they might just lose power in the next elections!

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 05:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britninja

    I'm just waiting for them to wheel out Chav's brain-in-a-jar hooked up to a computer. Cyber Chavez can rule the silly twats for eternity then.

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 05:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • agent999

    Poor Cristina has paid so much for her flight with a British jet to visit Cuba and is not allowed to visit her boyfriend Chevez.

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 06:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • wangito

    “I promise on the Bolivarian constitution that I will defend the presidency of Commander Chavez in the streets, with reason, with truth and with the force and intelligence of a people free from the yoke of the bourgeoisie!” cried out Vice-president Nicolas Maduro from the Miraflores Palace while the chorus of thousands of followers repeated every line.

    This is the cry not of Maduro and co. This is the cry of dictatorship.
    This is when a leader doesn't know when to quit. Why isn't he telling the Venezuelans what he really wants? What are his plans in-case... or is he unable to talk? Not all Germans wanted Hitler, but he managed to destroy Germany anyhow. Chavez, your ego trip is over, give Venezuela back to the Venezuelans!

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 07:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • commonsparrow

    Chavez is an autocrat. History has shown that after the ”overthrow' of an autocrat, things can get much worse. I hope it does not come to that, things can get much worse before they ever get better. What is a militant soldier anyway, a terrorist?

    Jan 12th, 2013 - 02:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    19 commonsparrow

    Perhaps in SA a 'militant soldier' is a terrorist, but tthe UK armed forces are all members of a military force dedicated to upholding the Queen (and therefore the county).

    No terrorist in our armed forces: some absolutely magic KILLERS of our enemies, but that is what they are there for. 42 Commando, 3 Para, SAS, SBS, and others such as the Ghurkhas that will frighten the living shit out of the argie 'military' if TMBOA kicks it all off again.

    And I think she will if (when) things at home get really bad for the Peronists: what else is left by that time, she has already pulled most of the stunts out of the Junta bag of black magic? She is certainly mentally unstable enough to think it would be worth it.

    Jan 12th, 2013 - 11:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Read a story on the net, sorry I lost the link, about a retired Gurkha travelling on a train in India, he was probably from one of the Indian Army Regiments.

    Anyway, the train was held up by 20 armed bandits, who proceeded to help themself to the passengers wallets, mobile phones, lap tops etc.

    The Gurkha did nothing, until these scum bags thought they would have some fun by raping a young girl.

    Out came the Khukri, five minutes later, three of them were dead, four wounded and the rest of them running for their miserable lifes.

    The Ghurkas explanation, “I had to protect the little sister!”

    “If any tells you he is not afraid of dying, He is either lying or he his a Gurkha.”

    All honour to these sons of Nepal.

    Jan 12th, 2013 - 12:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • cornelius

    The Bolivarian will do anything to stay in power they are using the wealth of the state also by confiscating private properties, the peoples tremendous lack of education is the Bolivarian best asset thanks to generations of previous governments that did not care about education.
    Since the people only have the state for their sustenance they are dependent on the state thus creating a total state of dependency “The welfare democracy” technically they are a democracy but it is unsustainable in the long term only Venezuela can prolong because of oil.
    Argentina is the country to watch I believe CK will not finish the constitutional term because her economic options to sustain the welfare are few and depends on Soy beans and the weather of course

    Jan 12th, 2013 - 01:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    21 reality check

    Before I left the UK to retire, I was proud to have four time-served Ghurkhas as my friends.

    Believe me; I would NOT want to cross these guys, fearless does NOT come into it.

    Having said that, they have a real respect for the lives of others and are totally trustworthy. The UK government treated them like shit and it was only Joanna Lumley who managed to get justice for them.

    Jan 12th, 2013 - 05:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    For those that are interested here is the web page for the lone ghurka story:

    Jan 14th, 2013 - 05:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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