Hugo Chavez DEAD? Hugo Chavez absence sparks conspiracy
Rob Houglum. We the People Saturday, April 21, 2012
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been out of view for a week, talking only thru Twitter messages and written statements while undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba.
The absence of any appearances on TV has Venezuelans wondering about what his peculiar silence might say about his fight with cancer, and whether Chavez might be coping with an extremely hard section of radiation therapy.
More than 2 dozen messages have shown up on Chavez's Twitter account since he left for Cuba on April 14. He has cheered on adherents with slogans such as "Let's continue building socialism!" In others, he has honored his army chiefs, told funding for local governments and vowed to survive and win re-election in October.
But he has infrequently mentioned his cancer treatment.
Nationwide Assembly President Diosdado Cabello restated on Friday that Chavez is expected to come back to Venezuela shortly.
"God prepared, the week after next he will be here again with us when he has finished the treatment," Cabello declared in a broadcasted speech. He maintained that even when Chavez is away in Cuba, "he leads the same as if he were here in Venezuela."
"The commander's presence here isn't necessary, because just the same he's the commander of the revolution," Cabello claimed.
But even some of Chavez's supporters have been asserting lately that they wonder what's going on with his healthfulness.
"It makes me sad, but my Comandante shouldn't be as well as they say," asserted Guillermo Suarez, a street seller selling sun shades. "It's already been many days that we haven't seen him, heard him."
Chavez, who has been president since 1999, has for some time been a consistent presence on Venezuelan TV, regularly addressing the nation for one or two hours most days as well as his marathon Sun. program "Hello, President." But recently there were no episodes of "Hello, President," and Chavez claimed he anticipated his final rounds of radiation therapy, which began last month, to be rough.
Chavez hasn't debated details of the radiation-based therapies, pronouncing they have diminished his strength but have been going well. Last weekend, he decided not to attend the Peak of the Americas in Colombia, the sort of highly visible global event where he would previously have taken central stage. Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro announced the decision on Chavez's behalf, announcing he was skipping the summit on the information of his doctors.
Chavez began radiation treatment in Cuba in late March after undergoing an operation in Feb that removed a second growth from his pelvic area. The 1st was taken out last June. He has kept secret some details of his sickness, including the type of cancer and the particular location of the cancers.
Doctors say common complications of radiation treatment include fatigue and damage to areas exposed to the radiation beams along with nausea and dysentery in cases such as Chavez's in which the pelvic area is handled.
Chavez also was away in Havana frequently last year while undergoing chemotherapy after the opening surgery.
During prior journeys to Cuba, Chavez has occasionally appeared on TV, either in phone calls or appearances with his helpers or daughters. He has given the appearance of continuing to work and staying up with affairs at home.
Before his last trip to Cuba, Chavez stated that he planned to keep away longer to allow for his last 2 rounds of radiation-based therapy, and obtained approval from lawmakers to leave the country for at least 5 days as needed by the constitution.
In the past week, his Twitter messages have been read aloud by his Cabinet ministers at broadcasted events. At one event Fri., Chavez's followers responded with shouts of "Onward, Comandante!"
Without Chavez online, state television has instead shown a salsa concert, documentaries and a Mass. Such programs and newscasts are interspersed with a short segment showing a healthy Chavez welcoming children at quarter speed against a background of folk music.
Pro-Chavez lawmaker Dario Vivas discharged worries about Chavez keeping a lower key profile, announcing the president remains totally in charge and is restoring his condition.
"The same people who complain that he talks a lot are the ones who get panicked when they don't hear him," Vivas expounded Friday outside an event at the Nation's Assembly.
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