Pro-Chávez rally held in Venezuela
Leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean attended the event in support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez
Addressing Chávez's supporters, Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo said, "I am confident that our comrade Hugo is the person most interested in being here, but who says he is not here? He is in every woman, peasant..."
For his part, Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said, on behalf of oil alliance Petrocaribe and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), that Venezuela may rely on a true friend, Dominica.
Likewise, senior officials representing Argentina and Haiti addressed supporters to express their support to Hugo Chávez's Government.
Similarly, St. Vincent & The Grenadines Prime Minister Raph Gonsalves extolled the Venezuelan people's "discipline" and the "support" expressed to President Chávez.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.