Hugo Chavez, you will remain in our hearts. This is the message conveyed by Palestinians from all walks of life in the Gaza Strip as they expressed their sorrow and solidarity with the Venezuelan President who died this week. He supported the Arabs and Palestinian cause and took a “firm and heroic” stance on the issue.
Palestinians expressed their grief and held a vigil in Unknown Soldier’s Square in the centre of Gaza City when they heard the news of Chavez’s death. They said that he was the embodiment of a true president, as he supported the rights of the oppressed all over the world as well as the Palestinian cause more than Arab leaders have done.
Those paying their respects to the late president held up pictures and placards saying, “Rest in peace, you were faithful and fought for us, and we will continue until our cause is victorious.”
They called on the Arab leaders and the free world to adopt the same stance as Hugo Chavez in the struggle for justice. His legacy will live on.
MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad