(posted March 5, 5:05 p.m.)- Sandinista government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo expressed her condolences for the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, but said his spirit and legacy will continue to live on in the youth and revolutionary movements around the Americas and the world.
“The light of liberty continues to burn in all of the Americas,” Murillo said in a cellphone statement broadcast on Sandinista media today at 4:40 p.m., slightly more than an hour after Chávez was pronounced dead by Venezuelan Vice President Nicolás Maduro.
Murillo called Chávez “one of the dead who never dies,” borrowing a quote used by former Sandinista comandante Tomás Borge to describe slain Sandinista revolutionary Carlos Fonseca, who was killed in combat in 1976.
“Hugo Chávez is part of our daily commitment to continue building a future inspired by his example,” Murillo said. “Never think that he is dead; he isn’t dead. He grows in the hearts of the youth around the world. We see him in the children of Nicaragua who are learning what it is to be Christian, Socialist and in-solidarity.”
The first lady said Chávez “teaches us how to deal with difficulty without losing a smile, by singing and writing poetry and making art.”
She said Nicaraguans are gathering in Managua’s Plaza de la Revolución to celebrate Chávez’s life and reaffirm their commitment to following his example. “We have tears in our eyes, but commitment in our hearts,” she said.
“We are all Hugo Chávez,” Murillo said.
President Daniel Ortega, who received more than $2.5 billion in Venezuelan largess from Chávez over the past six years, has still not made any comments about his comrade’s death.