Venezuelans Line Streets For Chavez

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mourning-chavez-(CNN) — The political outcome in the wake of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s death remains uncertain, but in plazas across the country Wednesday, his followers made it clear they support a continuation of his policies.

Chavez put social programs at the center of his government, and his most fervent supporters credit him with providing their livelihood.

“Chavez gave us everything,” one mourner said on state-run television.

Opinion: Chavez empowered the poor, divided a nation

A new election will be held within 30 days, possibly signaling a new path for the oil-rich nation. 

Thousands of Venezuelans lined the streets of the capital Wednesday morning as Chavez’s remains were taken from the military hospital where he died to the Fuerte Tiuna Military Academy in Caracas.

Chavez’s simple wooden casket, draped in the Venezuelan flag, was held by soldiers as a priest recited a prayer and blessing on the late president. The casket was placed on top of a hearse decorated with flowers and wreaths, which slowly made its way toward the military academy.

The streets were a sea of green and red, as soldiers and red-clad supporters followed the procession.


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