KINGSTOWN: Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is proposing that a facility in St. Vincent & the Grenadines be named in honour of former Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer last week.
“I believe that it would be fitting for us, at some time, to have a facility, whether it be a school or some other public building or facility, named after President Chavez,” Dr. Gonsalves told Parliament.
He described Chavez as a “giant of a political figure, a splendid human being” and an “integrationist for the region, one who possessed a profound dislike of injustice, a man for the poor and the working people and our Latin America and the Caribbean”.
Gonsalves said that St. Vincent & the Grenadines had benefitted immensely from the leadership of Chavez and that he is quite sure that excellent relations will continue under the new government in Caracas.
Gonsalves told legislators it pains him that some people in his country, across the Caribbean and other parts of the world rejoiced at Chavez’s death.
“The glee with which some people greeted the death of President Chavez…it is just terrible,” he said. “It is a kind of a perversity, which…I am not able to fathom the reasoning.”
Gonsalves detailed the assistance that St. Vincent & the Grenadines has received from Venezuela in the areas of health care, education, economic development, and infrastructural development.
“How could anybody be happy to see a man like that die?” said Gonsalves. “What has happened to some of us in this country and this world? I just have to conclude that there are some people who are just bad-minded and we just have to pray for them.”