The Simon Bolivar’s exhumation raises controversy in Venezuela

The Simon Bolivar’s exhumation raises controversy in Venezuela

The Simon Bolivar’s exhumation raises controversy in Venezuela

Since the beginning of 2008 the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez decided to exhume Simon Bolivar, the national hero that died two centuries ago. Chavez created a special scientific commission to study the death of the national hero, the Venezuelan president saying that certain theories regarding a potential assassination of Bolivar must be investigated.

Also known as “El Liberador” (liberator), Simon Bolivar was a Venezuelan leader that liberated Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Venezuela from the Spanish domination. He also was founder of the first union of Latin American states, named Gran Colombia, and is considered in all countries of Latin America a hero.

The Simon Bolivar’s skeleton was exhumed Saturday, with military honors in the presence of the Venezuelan president. The remains of the Latin American hero will be studied and their DNA will be tested and compared with the DNA of other family members. Hugo Chavez also looks for a confirmation of the real cause of death in Simon Bolivar’s case. Most historical documents say that Simon Bolivar died in 1830, at the age of 47 of tuberculosis.

Leopoldo Lopez, the Venezuelan opposition leader happens to be the great-great-great-great-nephew of Simon Bolivar. As expected, he attacked Chavez accusing him of profaning his ancestor’s tomb, because he never gave him the authorization of exhumation.

On July 24th in Venezuela will be national holiday, celebrating the anniversary of Bolivar’s birth. On that special day, Hugo Chavez will make a surprise announcement regarding Simon Bolivar. Sources close to the Venezuelan president say that this announcement is connected with the last week exhumation.

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