For more than seven hours during the long funeral procession held on last Wednesday, Venezuelans that filled the streets of Caracas wept before an empty coffin, since the body of Hugo Chavez was not there.
That is the version of several military connoisseurs of the transfer device, who ensure that the corpse of the Venezuelan president was transported from Cuba to Fort Tiuna, defense complex where the Military Academy is located.
The change took place in the basement of that institution, when the fake coffin arrived at the end of the procession. It was the only time the television cameras lost sight of the coffin.
According to the same military, who asked to remain anonymous, Chavez died in Cuba and not in Caracas, unlike the version from the Venezuelan government.
The deception of the procession becomes a new installation of the Government, adding to the long list of lies, filled by the “Chavismo” during the last months of life of their leader.
However, sources say that in reality, the objective was not to mock the people, with a political use. “They wanted to show a walkabout with a clear political interest, allowing people to touch the coffin, the fake one, without compromising the physical integrity of the true one, they would not allow the true one to fell, also when part of its internal structure is made of glass, “said one soldier.