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Hugo Chavez on March 5, 2013

We lost our best friend on March 5, 2013

Hugo Chavez died on March 5, 2013

“We are all Chavez!” Supporters of Chavez who rallied outside the hospital where he died.


The Legacy of Hugo Chávez (By Gustavo Fuchs, 以下のサイトより引用:

Hugo Chavez led a process within Venezuela that saved the country from neoliberal failure, but the impact of his reforms was felt internationally. Hugo Chavez was at the heart of processes that forged new unity in South America, which began to overturn decades of U.S. domination in the region. Globally he became an international beacon for social justice, peace and a multipolar world seeking to counterbalance U.S global domination.

(By Gustavo Fuchs,



Promoting global justice: The Salvador Allende Medical School

With the help of Cuba, and in an effort to improve health worldwide, the Venezuelan government opened the Salvador Allende Latin American School of Medicine in Caracas. Through different cooperation agreements, over 500 students from more than 15 African countries were granted scholarships to study in there. In total, 1600 students from 42 different countries around the world are currently studying medicine in the school.

In 2014, following the Israeli war on Gaza, the school granted scholarships to over 100 Palestinian students. That was the latest example of solidarity with the people of the Middle East, and follows strong statements and actions by Hugo Chavez in defense of the Palestinian people and against war the 2006 war on Lebanon.(以上、同サイトから)



When then President Hugo Chavez died on March 5, 2013, there was an outpouring of grief from those touched by one of the most iconic figures in Venezuelan history.

Chavez left his mark on history.


“He is more alive than ever, and will keep being the inspiration for all people fighting for liberation,” said Bolivian President Evo Morales.

“This is the first government – everyone concedes – that gave the population a sense of empowerment,” said linguist and prominent U.S. dissident Noam Chomsky.

“He was an unorthodox and strong person, who looked to the future and always set himself the highest standards,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin.