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Grand pageantry to come for mourning of Hugo Chavez

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

CBS: The death of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez means seven days of mourning, and the entire nation is invited to view his casket.

Seven days of mourning have been declared, and all school was suspended for the week. This economically challenged and violence-afflicted nation is nonetheless expected to put on an elaborate funeral Friday.

The streets of Caracas were free of the usual weekday morning traffic as public employees, schoolchildren and many others stayed home on the first day of a week of national mourning. The only lines were at gas stations where Venezuelans could fill up their tanks for pennies a gallon thanks to generous government subsidies.

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