Venezuelans Celebrate in Doral Following Death of Hugo Chavez

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Michael E. Miller
A girl waves a flag and chants "Fidel is next!" outside El Arepazo II in Doral last night
Venezuelans partied late into the night in Doral following yesterday's announcement that Hugo Chávez had died from cancer. Restaurant El Arepazo II, on the corner of NW 39th Street and 79th Avenue, was swarmed with more than 300 people waving flags, eating arepas, and sipping Polar.

But nearly all those in attendance insisted they weren't celebrating the demise of the socialist president, but rather the changes his death will usher in for the oil-rich nation.

"I'm not exactly happy," Pedro Mena said. "But his death will have positive consequences for our country."

The whole scene was a bit surreal, particularly for the other exilio in town: Cubans who for decades have been planning a party to celebrate the demise of their own strongman only to see him outlive his Venezuelan protégé.

The situation was made stranger still by the fact that Chávez was democratically re-elected -- if much despised by many Venezuelans -- just months ago, which can't be said for the Castros.

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Michael E. Miller
Mena, a local representative of the Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (Democratic Unity Roundtable), which opposed Chávez in last October's election, was the first to make a speech.

Over the din of music and televisions, and the fumes of frying arepas, he pumped his fist in the air and thanked Venezuelans inside and outside the country for pressuring Chávez's administration to admit what many had suspected for weeks: that the president was dead.

"Long live the students of Venezuela! Long life the youth of Venezuela!" he shouted from atop a chair before reminding the crowd they still had to vote in the upcoming election. "Chávez's death doesn't mean that chavismo is dead," he told New Times afterward.

In typical Venezuelan style, there was a Hummer parked outside. Those inside varied from women with expensive stilettos and handbags to families with small kids swept up in the chants. One young girl joined the grownups in singing, "Fidel is next! Fidel is next!"

But nearly all had similar stories of fleeing Venezuela because of Chávez's Bolivarian Revolution.

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13 comments
Bigdic
Bigdic

Do you stupid fucking people think anything will change in Venz? Maduro is just another crooked cocksucker asswipe thief boot licker.

Caraqueno1
Caraqueno1

WOO HOO CHAVEZ SE MURIO!!!! PARTY EN EL DORAL!!! VIVA CAPRILES! VIVA VENEZUELA!!

iceberg3o5
iceberg3o5

Will these people now go back to Venezuela and help foster change? Somehow i doubt it. Cowards the lot of them!

CJ Ritchie
CJ Ritchie

good job waiting for him to die congrats! Lets hope the next guy isnt worse

Bob Yard
Bob Yard

Just like Cuba,no one is going back to try and facilitate change so there will be no change...

Amanda Drewniak
Amanda Drewniak

Nick's all set up to take over. He claims to be Chavez 2.0. Just because he died doesn't mean the regime is going into overhaul. He had his predecessors lined up all ready, just as we do in the US. If Obama died will the whole infill structure of this country change? Celebrate when Venezuela has true freedom.

Joe LaDuca
Joe LaDuca

Hope this will not affect oil flow.

Edward Darko
Edward Darko

Same can already be proclaimed for Castro.

Edward Darko
Edward Darko

Celebrate with Humility. He is only gone because the innate in us all. Consider it an ordeal you suffered, and the opposite of triumph. This man lasted, uninterrupted, and narrowly challenged. This is as much a VICTORY as it is hitler changing his mind. It didn't happen. Now be on with it.

Bigdic
Bigdic

@Curt22 I got your GREAT between my legs fuc face.

Caraqueno1
Caraqueno1

@Curt22 SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU KNOW-NOTHING TWAT!! 

LETS ALL CELEBRATE THAT THIS ASSHOLE IS NOW DEAD!!! HOW WOULD YOU FEEL GRINGO IF YOUR BANK ACCOUNTS (incl. RETIREMENT/401K/ETC) WERE ALL FROZEN AND THEN 'REPATRIATED' TO THE "BOLIVARIAN" SOCIAL REVOLUTION?!? 

CHAVEZ WAS A F@#$ING CROOK AND WE ARE GLAD HE IS DEAD!! VIVA CAPRILES!! VIVA VENEZUELA!!! VIVA EL DORAL CARAJO!!!!

Caraqueno1
Caraqueno1

@iceberg3o5 COWARDS??! really! to be held at gunpoint, to have your mother "disappeared" - your father murdered in front of you for a paltry $5,000. seriously!??! shut the fuck up you ignorant fool - you're probably one of those soweseros who's never ventured past kendall drive or south beach. i pity the fool...

Curt22
Curt22

@Caraqueno1 Viva the memory of the late great Che Guevarra and Hugo Chavez! socialism rules, you dumb, ignorant cunt!

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