Barrie Maguire

¿Venezuela sin Chávez?

SANTA MARTA, COLOMBIA - Al igual que todos los pacientes con cáncer, el presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez se enfrenta a tres escenarios: una cura rápida, un tratamiento prolongado o una muerte temprana. Cualquiera de ellos que ocurra -incluso si realmente se está recuperando tan rápido como nos quiere hacer creer- en Venezuela ya se ha comenzado hablar de la era post-Chávez.

Chávez maneja la información sobre su enfermedad y tratamiento como parte de una estrategia política. Después de su cirugía, invocando a Dios, Fidel Castro, los espíritus de la sabana y la ciencia médica, respondió a los rumores sobre su enfermedad e hizo de su regreso tras el tratamiento en La Habana una doble celebración del bicentenario de Venezuela y de su triunfo sobre el cáncer.

Chávez es un maestro en la manipulación de los medios de comunicación: después del fallido golpe de 2002 en su contra, blandió un crucifijo para perdonar a sus adversarios y ser perdonado por ellos. Después de su primera sesión de quimioterapia, Chávez exclamó: "Voy a cambiar radicalmente mi vida".

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