Chávez's supporters rally outside hospital in Caracas
Top officials reported on Twitter that President Hugo Chávez's followers are rallying in support of the Venezuelan president. Communication and Information Minister urged people to remain calm. Fireworks were launched near the hospital in celebration of Chávez's return
In the meantime, senior officials called upon citizens to remain calm. Information Minister Ernesto Villegas reminded citizens that patients in hospital needed some rest.
The Venezuelan head of state returned to Venezuela at 2:30 a.m after having completed the first stage of his recovery in Havana. Chávez underwent his fourth cancer surgery last December 11 in Cuba.
Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Jorge Arreaza twitted that fireworks exploded near the hospital in celebration of the leader's return.
For his part, Foreign Minister Elías Jaua posted on his Twitter account, "The commander needs some tranquility so as to continue recovering. Now more than ever, discipline and serenity (are needed)."
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.