Mixed reaction to Hugo Chavez's death
Venezuela mourns leader
- Duration 4:54
- Date Mar 6, 2013
Venezuela mourns leader
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Coming in from far and wide to the death of the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez some US lawmakers of course are praising him for work he did for the poor.
Other US lawmakers calling him a tyrant and President Obama simply offering support for the people of Venezuela.
Here's a scene last night in Miami much of its Venezuelan population celebrating after learning -- death.
They say it's the start of a new Venezuela.
Meanwhile some folks in Hollywood offered condolences to -- family in the Venezuelan people.
Among them the actor Sean Penn wrote in a statement the United States lost a friend it never knew -- head.
And in Switzerland the United Nations Human Rights Council today held -- minute of silence for Chavez of course that same council that often criticized him for conditions in the south American nation.
-- -- -- with more live today Caracas Venezuela see the reaction seems well pretty -- It's still a shepherd despite the fact that Hugo Chavez battled an undisclosed form of cancer for the past two years.
Having several operations in Cuba and was basically hidden from public view.
For the past two months the emotion on the streets is draw there has been.
No signs of any violence but a lot of crying screaming and wailing people deeply upset.
By the loss of -- -- on -- say no matter what you think of his politics it's clear from today's outpouring of emotion.
It for a large segment of this population he really was someone they loved deeply.
That is country is preparing for a state funeral on Friday which could turn into it.
Who's who collection of world dictators already the leader of Iran -- -- I did judge said he plans to attend.
He compared you -- Chavis to his saints -- said he was like.
Jesus Christ -- the twelfth imam shepherd.
What's the plan for elections now in Venezuela.
This funeral is not just -- state pageantry but really kicks off the start of an election season.
They have to call actions by the constitution within thirty days now as you know Travis handpicked successor Nicholas material.
-- -- make sure he was walking right next to the casket throughout the day today as a -- through those Caracas streets he's gonna wrap himself in Chavis dismantle and hope that's gonna be enough to win.
It's already clear we're getting hints that the anti US tone if you -- -- Will continued his successor wins he's already hinted that he plans to scientific investigation.
To look into how the imperialists US may have actually giving Hugo Chavez the cancer they killed him -- Steve Harrigan in Caracas notice the time stamp on the upper left of the screen there at 3:53.
PM changed the time zone -- and a half hour later the New York.
Former secretary it's it's this is the secretary of state PJ Crowley joins us now currently a professor of practice at The George Washington University.
In DC PGA I feel like a lot of Americans are just waking up to the fact that so many around the world are praising this man and think he did.
A lot of great stuff for -- people in Venezuela despite the I don't know maybe the known quantity of the el diablo -- -- at them at the United Nations.
Sure and edit and yet job -- to find himself within Venezuela as a populist -- man of the people and he did a great deal particularly for the poor.
And Venezuela outside of Venezuela he was the torments -- in chief.
Of the United States.
He enjoyed doing that but -- I'm not sure it really got Venezuela very far in terms of its -- standing around the world.
Yeah I'm I'm sure that it didn't in and I'm guessing that people are also reading of -- in this topic.
That much of the government has been turned over to narco traffickers and they have enormous problems in that extremely oil rich nation.
-- Chavez was complicit in.
And aiding and abetting various guerrilla movements that a do a lot of damage for example in Columbia.
And was very complicit with the movement of drugs through cartels throughout the region so and that and that's why you the choice.
In the post -- zero will be very very important whether it's.
Nicklaus -- on the one hand Enrique capriles and the other.
-- does Venezuela move in that general direction -- or does it try to move and a more constructive direction.
Will be watching very carefully.
I wonder if there are great opportunities for venezuelans here that they certainly have the natural resources and and the location in the -- -- that they could become something.
Well yes yes -- you're right by the same token.
Yet Chavez while -- man of the people was -- authoritarian leader.
Authoritarian -- nature leave very weak institutions behind when they go.
And and so I think there's going to be a great deal of political splintering you know on the opposition side and the government side.
So I think in the short term it's going to be are pretty much of a model.
-- for Venezuela before they just decide when and what direction they're going to move PJ Crowley live with -- -- thanks.