What you won’t see on today’s Funeral Cadena Broadcast


These photos I took are for all the doubters.

These are the immediate surroundings of la Academia Militar, where, in two hours, a solemn State funeral with foreign dignitaries and heads of state will be held. It…how to put this delicately?…smells like shit.

Obviously this will not be shown on TV.

I really doubt el propio Chávez would’ve wanted it this way.

Nice place for a state funeral, huh?
Nice place for a state funeral, huh?

On the other hand, the lines to see Chávez one last time are far better organized today. Maybe they read yesterday’s post…

Maybe they read yesterday's post...
In other news: the Ávila is still spectacular.
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  1. Emi, I’ve become a big fan of your writing and now target photos. You know you’re doing something right when non-believers and malcriados doubt you — with pataletas. Dale duro.

  2. Please don’t take offense to this but why do some Venezuelans litter so bad? I was on a bus in Merida and this old lady just threw her trash out the window. Me, being the American I am got so angry and almost started yelling at her in English. All I could think is “This is why your country looks the way it does.” “You would get a $300 fine if that happened in the US” and “Don’t you have any respect for your environment, Don’t you want a clean city?” My Venezuelan friend told me to relax and that it was just their culture. But still, I just feel that it is so stupid to litter.

    • Yeah, my wife told me about that but the first time I went to Venezuela I was still taken aback. People just throw trash out of their car windows or drop them on the ground.

      Even a beach we went to was full of beer bottles and other trash. I don’t get it.

    • Justin:

      No offense taken. How could we, if what you say is obvious?.

      That is just one of the many things we Venezuelans have a lot to improve ourselves.

    • No offense taken. A couple of things come to mind:
      1) Education. Education. Education. At home, at the schools, public campaigns, etc.
      2) There is nowhere to put the garbage, and if there are bins – usually a 100 miles apart – they are full and the garbage has not been picked up regularly.
      3) No enforcement of the law (fines, etc).

    • I could never understand this either, Justin.

      I travelled in Costa Rica a few years ago, and one of the first things that struck me was the almost total lack of roadside trash, until we went to the Caribbean Coast.

      Because the Caribbean Coast area had been treated as the “stepchild” it never received the resources and education the rest of the country did. No surprise, then, that the only homes with bars, a la Venezuela, are there. The only streets with open sewers are there and the only roads and beaches with trash on them are there.

      Education is the key

    • If I recall correctly, back in the ’70s, that’s pretty much how we behaved in el Norte. There were a spate of government-funded tv ads and campaigns in public schools, and we more or less got our act together. I think that’s how it worked.

      • “…was a spate”.

        This is totally irrelevant but the issue of obesity and eating habits is another public health problem which hopefully will be going the same way.

  3. Honestly I have been quite disappointed at the funeral thing. I thought they would have planed it better, knowing he was going to die for months!
    I thought they would do something a-la-Ghandi, or even like Evita’s.
    This has been a complete “take-a-cool”.

  4. >>>> … It…how to put this delicately?..doesn’t smell very nice.

    It is a pity the non-existent voluntary fire brigades did not hose it all down.
    The riot control ballena would be ideal for hosing the open areas
    with cloro, or whatever.
    The anti riot forces are too shook up with grief? ….

    • The images of vacant lots filled with trash,
      are the empty remains of the interminable rants,
      and the spouted trash that he televised
      in cadena for over fourteen years.
      No one bothered to call it their own.

      • Cash for trash?
        Jóvenes y niños “de la revolución bolivariana” hacen una guardia de honor. La representación incluye a Gustavo Dudamel, director de la Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar; la atleta olímpica y diputada Alejandra Benítez; el beisbolista Maglio Ordoñez; al medallista olímpico Rubén Limardo; al piloto de Fórmula 1 Pastor Maldonado; y al actor Winston Vallenilla.

        • Porta-potties were made available to the mourners. Right?
          I assume public defecation wasn’t the cause of the odors 🙁

  5. It is sad to say it but we are 300 years behind. In the US it was the British in South America it was the spaniards. By the time independence came, in the US it was basically self rule in our countries we were ruled by people that came from Spain and then went back home. Our new rulers had no experience whatsoever, in the US rulers had been at it for centuries and stayed and continued ruling.

  6. Me thinks only dictators and strongmen are embalmed these post pharaonic days. From R.I.P under the mamón tree at his grandmother’s patio in sabaneta de barinas, to be mummified and exposed for xxxx- number of days, months or years -depending of the efficiency of the said embalming ( just read emi’s posts and photos here) – to be exposed in the same place where he surrendered during his failed coup. Weird is the inderstatement of the year.


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