Evo Morales: Chavez is More Alive than Ever
News from Cuba | Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Bolivian President Evo Morales, said that the recently deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, is more alive than ever and insisted that "he will always be with us."
In an address to the nation from the Palacio Quemado, Morales said "on behalf of the Bolivian people our condolences over the death of President Hugo Chavez."
"We are devastated by the death of the brother Hugo Chavez," said Bolivian head of state with broken voice, while he was accompanied by several members of his cabinet, including Vice President Álvaro García Linera.
Chavez was "a caring brother, a fellow revolutionary, a Latin American who fought for his country, for the great homeland, as Simon Bolivar did."
"He gave his whole life for the liberation of the Venezuelan people, the people of Latin America and all anti-imperialist fighters in the world," said the first Bolivian indigenous president.
At the same time, he said that "it hurts (his death), but we want to say to that people that have accompanied him to have strength, courage, more unity, because this process of liberation is not only of the Venezuelan people, and the Latin American people should continue it" .
Chavez "will always be with us to accompany these large projects, after so many years of subjugation, domination and pillage," stated Morales, who added that "right now I'm sorry but I have to say that some of the empire oligarchic groups do not even respect the people suffering by their commander. "
"Oligarchies are surely celebrating when the peoples that fight for their freedom and dignity and work for equality are suffering. But it does not matter, the only thing that matters is that we are united, we fight for liberation."
"A lot of strength, a lot of unity. The best tribute to Chavez is unity. Unity to fight, to work for the equality of all peoples of the world," concluded the President of Bolivia.