Today a pictorial exhibition was opened at the Banquitas House of Culture to honour the more humanitarian side of the late Hugo Chavez Frias, former president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Born Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías on July 28th 1954 in Sabaneta, Venezuela, Hugo Chávez was the son of schoolteachers.
Chavez became president in 1999 and was widely known for his reform efforts and strong opinions as president of Venezuela. Chávez discovered that he had cancer in June 2011, and subsequently underwent three surgeries.
He eventually acknowledged the severity of his illness and he passed on March fifth 2013 at the age of 58 in Venezuela. The exhibition is being promoted by the Venezuelan Government and is titled “Por Aqui Paso Chavez”. Ambassador of Venezuela to Belize, Yoel Perez Marcano told us more about the small exhibition.
Yoel Perez Marcano
“Es una manera de decir que más allá de la presencia física que haber pudo tenido el comandante chaves en todos los países del mundo, es el reflejo de su acción política como gobernante, como líder de América latina y el caribe y entonces el día de hoy estamos abriendo esta exposición en OrangeWalk lo vamos abrirlo haya en Belice, es un grupo de graficas que presenta el lado humano, sensible de persona común que amo a su pueblo y entrego todo su vida y su esfuerzo a su felicidad. Lo más conocidos por los medios internacionales es la parte del el Presidente, jefe de estado, el líder político y no la otra parte que a nosotros como pueblo nos interesa y que está en nuestra memoria que era un hombre bueno, sensible, profundamente humano que quería a su pueblo y que además amaba a los pueblos de América Latina y el Caribe y queremos que ese recuerdo también este presente en la memoria de nuestros pueblos.”
Chávez was prevented from being inaugurated for a fourth term in January 2013 due to his illness and before he passed, Chavez named Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro as his successor.
Chávez was known for being opinionated and rigid throughout his presidency. He insulted oil executives, church officials and other world leaders, and was particularly hostile with the United States Government and relations with that country remained strained during his presidency. Chavez was called “El Comandante” and was loved by many and just the same had many adversaries during his term in office.
The exhibit has been presented in Dangriga, Belmopan and Corozal. It will remain at the Banquitas House of Culture for viewing until Friday March 14th.