Communication minister: "Chávez is alive and fighting a battle"
Minister for Communication and Information told multi-state television network Telesur there is a part of society hoping Hugo Chávez not to overcome his illness. Therefore, they will never be happy with the government reports on his condition
Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas late on Friday reaffirmed that President Hugo Chávez "is alive and is fighting a battle," adding that the Venezuelan government will continue to report on the health of the head of state as developments unfold.
"We cannot please those sectors that are awaiting fatal news with a morbid interest. President Chávez is giving a battle. Some people get upset because one repeats, President Chávez is alive and fighting a battle'", Villegas said during an interview with multi-state television network Telesur.
The minister also noted that "a part" of society expects the president "fails to overcome the situation he is facing" and they "will never be happy with anything we say" about the illness of the president, Efe quoted.
"We reported that complications emerged (...) and we did it in a detailed way (...) We reported on a lung infection that resulted in a respiratory failure, but we also reported that the lung infection was controlled," he said.
President Chávez underwent a cancer surgery on December 11 in Cuba, where he continues in hospital.
Vice-President Nicolás Maduro said Thursday that Chávez is "aware of all the phases he has gone through during the post-operative period." Maduro added that the current treatment aims to overcome the "ravages resulting from respiratory failure" and that "the whole phase of infection has been controlled."
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.