Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, the man who declared a socialist/communist revolution in Venezuela and crusaded against the United States of America has died at age 58. Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced his death in a national television broadcast.
Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias was born on July 28, 1954, in the rural town of Sabaneta in Venezuela’s western plains. He was the son of schoolteacher parents and the second of six brothers.
As an army paratroop commander, he led a failed coup in 1992, then was pardoned and elected president in 1998. He survived a coup against his own presidency in 2002 and won re-election two more times.
Chavez was famous (infamous) for seizing the nation’s oil production and refineries to fund his socialist programs and outlawing the possession of firearms for self-defense. He concentrated power with allies who dominated the congress and justices who controlled the Supreme Court.
In a 2006 speech to the U.N. General Assembly, he called President George W. Bush the devil, saying the podium reeked of sulfur after Bush’s address.
“I’m still a subversive … I think the entire world has to be subverted.” -2007
“A revolution has arrived here … No one can stop this revolution.” – 2009