Chavez & Nicaragua

Chavez & Nicaragua

two weeks ago, I was in Managua and had the opportunity to see the transformation made to the city since the passing of Hugo Chavez Frias. President Ortega’s wife, Rosario Murillo (aka “Chaya”), used the opportunity to install steel “trees of life” (arboles de la vida) along Managua’s major boulevards and rotundas (the yellow trees you see in the picture behind Chavez’ image). In July, the memorial pictured here was inaugurated, with many dignitaries in attendance. Seeing the new monuments in Managua, I was reminded not just of the political alliance Chavez formed with Ortega’s rebranded FSLN in contemporary Nicaragua, but also of the symbolic importance of Chavez to los pueblos latinoamericanos – to the Latin American people. In Nicaragua, Chavez is symbolic of ideals of social justice, anti-imperialism, and national sovereignty, values with deep historical resonance and that will endure as Nicaragua continues forging its own development path in the future.


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