Hugo Chavez

Bryan Fyfe

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Hugo Chavez was born on July 28, 1954 and died on March 5, 2013 of a heart attack. Chavez was president of Venezuela from 1999 to 2013. During his first year of presidency, his approval rating was over 80 percent. This was done by creating a far better Venezuelan economy than ever before. Chavez spread the wealth of the oil industry throughout the entire country rather than just the upper class. This was the first time in Venezuela that the lower class was seen as equals. He also gained popularity through his public speaking. Chavez was known for his bold and brilliant way of public speaking. He used his own television show, Alo Presidente, to express his political ideas and interview guests. This show was aired live once a week. However, the support for Chavez soon dropped in early 2002 to only 30 percent approval. His military allies and other political allies began to see who Chavez truly was and turned against him. By the end of the year, the Venezuelan people were rallying together and in December, organized a strike to make Chavez resign as president. In response to this strike, Chavez fired about half of the 38,000 workers at the Venezuelan oil company because they took part in the strike. By 2003, the strike was over and Chavez was still the president of Venezuela. From 2003 to his death in 2013, Chavez used his power over the Venezuelan oil company to control the people. Chavez's supporters saw him as a hero while the rest of the world saw him as the true dictator he was.

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In this image, Hugo Chavez is seen standing at the gates of heaven. It is a hard choice because Chavez introduced more schools, hospitals, and methods of transportation to Venezuela all while being a cruel and ruthless dictator. You can see that he was a dictator because of the devil tail. The tail means he was an evil man. All dictators were evil men who killed innocent people for the simple reason that they opposed the dictator. The rule of Hugo Chavez was seen to be a great one by the Venezuelan people who were on his side. However, to the rest of the people in Venezuela and the outside world, Chavez was seen for the man he truly was. He personally fired tens of thousands of workers at the Venezuelan oil company because they were standing up for their rights as workers. If Chavez had not helped Venezuela at all, the choice would be simple and he would be seen as the truly evil man he was.

Creative Piece

Dear Journal,

My people have begun to strike against me. They have stopped going to work and I fear the economy will suffer greatly. I believe the only solution is to get rid of all the workers who are strike. This will only cause me to lose more support but it must be done for the good of Venezuela. I hope that firing those who are strike will end this struggle and get things back to how they were. I do not understand why my people are on strike because I have done nothing but good since I was elected president. I have raised the economy and almost completely abolished poverty. My people should be pleased with what I have done for them rather than going on strike. I fear I will not be reelected because of this and all my hard work will be for nothing. With the next elections soon, I must think of something quick or else there will be nothing for me to do.

Essential Question

How did Hugo Chavez's dictatorship effect the rest of the world?