Gov’t declares national day of mourning for Chavez

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, March 8, IWN – The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has declared today — Friday — a national day of mourning, being the day on which Hugo Chavez, former president of Venezuela will be buried in Venezuela.

The Government said on Thursday that all flags in the country should be flown at half-mast today as a mark of respect.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is leading a three-member delegation to attend Chavez’s funeral.

Gonsalves, along with his wife, Eloise, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sen. Douglas Slater, left St. Vincent Thursday to attend the funeral.

Chavez, 58, who had been battling cancer for two years, died on Tuesday of a heart attack, a government official in Venezuela has said.

And, Chavez’s embalmed body will be permanently displayed in a glass casket at a military museum after the state funeral, Venezuela’s acting president Nicolas Maduro has said.



3 thoughts on “Gov’t declares national day of mourning for Chavez

  1. Ha Gonsalves ido a darle una Obeah enviar?

    Habrá días de luto en mi casa.

    Espero que la PM tiene tiempo para poner las tácticas gorronear en Monduro.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 8, 2013, 09:05
  2. You got to be kidding me right?….a national day of mourning? Has there been a declared national day of mourning for any Vincentian? I am just asking for real…I can’t recall. But isn’t flying the national flag at half-mask sufficient respect for Chavez passing? I stated in a previous post that we should consider Chavez for National Hero status, facetiously of course…but this reaction by Gonsalves, have me wondering if such consideration is within the realm of possibility…Chavez was Gonsalves personal friend…he is not my friend…so why is Gonsalves telling me to mourn for someone I have not the faintest of feelings for? What has Chavez done to change the daily lives of Vincentians? Yes, for Gonsalves and his ULP entourage, but for the average Vincentians, what has Chavez done for them lately? Please..Monday will be the real day of mourning…cause when MAVADO PUT THE AGONY ON VINCENTIANS THIS WEEKEND…SOMEONE IS GOING TO BE IN TEARS…I am just saying…LOL.

    …A declaration of national mourning is, she suggests, not unlike the moment days after the 9/11 attacks when President Bush launched America’s “war on terror” saying “grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution”.

    “The common denominator is that the ruling government made a decision and told the people what they were to do with their grief,” says Professor Scott.[]

    Posted by Teacherfang (@Llijame) | March 8, 2013, 16:28
  3. Your quite right TEACHERFANG, if Gonsalves wants to go a friends funeral, let him pay for his entourage, he is his friend, definitely not mine.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 9, 2013, 08:00

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