After not tweeting since November 1, 2012, this morning Hugo’s Tweeter account posted this:
Hemos llegado de nuevo a la Patria venezolana. Gracias Dios mío!! Gracias Pueblo amado!! Aquí continuaremos el tratamiento.
— Hugo Chávez Frías (@chavezcandanga) February 18, 2013
As od the writing of this post, none of the official Venezuelan media have posted any photos or video of the arrival; instead Nicolas Maduro said on a phone interview that Chavez arrived at 2:30AM Caracas time, and that Chavez is “clinging on to Christ, clinging on to life”, and the commander is “here, among his people” (video in Spanish):
However, when he was asked by a television announcer for information on Mr. Chávez’s condition, Mr. Maduro declined to provide details. Reportedly, Chavez is at the Dr. Alberto Arvelo military Hospital, unable to speak due to a tracheotomy, and according to another tweeter, was flown in by air ambulance, not the presidential plane (which apparently remained in Cuba),
Update: Chávez no vino en el avión presidencial sino en una aeroambulancia, sin pasar por la rampa 4.
— Casto Ocando (@cocando) February 18, 2013
An email from a friend adds that,
- There is no extensive security detail in the area surrounding the hospital
- People who work at the hospital and the airport say there was no military presence waiting for the Chavez’s arrival
At the same time, a Chavista hospital worker says she saw Chavez walk in, and then read a propaganda statement (video in Spanish),
No one took a photo? No one pulled out their cell phone to take a video?
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