Chavez's Body Will Go On Permanent Display
So 'his people will always have him,' says VP
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2013 4:05 PM CST
A woman holds a photo of Hugo Chavez as she waits in line to see his body lying in state at the military academy in Caracas.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

(Newser) – Venezuela is giving Hugo Chavez the Mao treatment: His body will go on permanent display at a museum near the presidential palace, reports AP. Chavez will be in a glass casket so "his people will always have him," says VP Nicolas Maduro. The state funeral for Chavez—who died with an estimated net worth of $1 billion—takes place tomorrow morning.

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Mar 9, 2013 8:59 AM CST
So will they polyurethane his carcass so that it doesn't rot? Inject him with some kind of preservative?
Mar 9, 2013 4:58 AM CST
Ah. A glass casket. That explains it. When I first heard they were going to put the body on display, I figured that they'd do so in the manner most befitting his rule. Assuming that, I naturally couldn't figure out how such a display would be "permanent," since sooner or later putrefaction would cause his carcass to slip from the rope by which he was hanging from the lamppost.
Mar 8, 2013 9:09 PM CST
I can't understand why ANY ONE would even want to honor or remember this Dictator Bastard!