Venezuela: Elections and the Hill Top Barracks

Photo feature by Caridad

HAVANA TIMES — As I write, Nicolas Maduro and the Cuartel de la Montaña (Hill Top Barracks), must be the person and the place most sought after in Internet search engines. Maduro, as the newly elected president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and the Barracks for being, perhaps, the most visited place in Caracas on election day.

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After exercising their right to vote on Sunday, hundreds of Venezuelans went up to the January 23rd neighborhood (where the Barracks is located) to close a sort of spiritual covenant established with the late President Hugo Chavez Frias: Vote for Maduro.

For those who do not know, the remains of the former president are deposited at the Barracks, which is also a museum displaying Chavez’s photos. Every afternoon at 4:25 (the time when he died on March 5), he is remembered with a cannon shot.

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A little before that time, and just after voting, the now president elect of Venezuela came to pray before his mentor. Later, at night, when he learned the election results, Maduro returned again to the Museum-Barracks, after his speech at the Miraflores Palace.

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One thought on “Venezuela: Elections and the Hill Top Barracks

  • April 15, 2013 at 8:31 am
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    Love the photos.Thanks

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