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Arial, Times New Roman ... and now the 'Hugo Chavez' font


(Reuters) - Supporters of Venezuela's late socialist leader Hugo Chavez on Monday unveiled yet another novel way of keeping his memory alive - a font for typing in "El Comandante's" handwriting style.

The distinctive 'ChavezPro' font was launched by a group of young "anti-imperialists" to coincide with nationwide commemorations of the 60th anniversary of his birth.

Chavez's bold scrawl became famous to Venezuelans as he used to spend hours on national TV writing and drawing on boards and papers to explain policies, develop ideas and sign deals.

His signature, in red for socialist, adorns T-shirts, baseball caps and the walls of buildings around the nation.

The new font can be downloaded for free from the "Creative Trench" group's web site (www.trincheracreativa.com).

They used letters written by Chavez while he was in jail for a failed 1992 coup attempt to digitalize his handwriting.

"The best present!" enthused one 'Chavista' via Twitter. "The typography of the giant!"

Government opponents roll their eyes at the deification of Chavez, and his ubiquitous presence in public life. They see it as a cover for the failings of his successor Nicolas Maduro who was elected after Chavez died of cancer last year.


Images of Chavez's eyes, face and clenched fist are stenciled and reproduced all overVenezuela. Recordings of his voice also thunder out at government rallies, singing the national anthem or exhorting the people: "You are all Chavez!"

Fireworks at midnight marked the beginning of Monday's commemorations being led by Maduro with some foreign leaders in tow prior to a summit of South American bloc Mercosur.

Later, Maduro led a ceremony at Chavez's rural hometown of Sabaneta in the Venezuelan "llanos" or plains where he was born.

Maduro, who was widely mocked by foes last year for claiming to have seen Chavez's spirit in a bird, said he had received another apparition on Monday.

"A little bird approached me again," he told relatives of Chavez and officials at the event, imitating a bird whistle. "The little bird said 'El Comandante' was happy, full of the love and loyalty of his people. He must be proud, happy."

Maduro and others sang happy birthday to the deceased Chavez around a large cake. Some supporters wiped away tears.

At the weekend, Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party held a first congress without Chavez, naming him their "eternal leader" while also voting Maduro as new party president.

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MIKEY'S SCREEN July 30 2014 at 4:56 PM

My 6 year old grandson can print better than this Bozo can.

Just what we need.

They should name it "Comic-Con #2" or "The Jokes On You" Fonts.

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mouse July 30 2014 at 11:53 PM

Just what we have here. Same mind set, policies and agendas but different face, different dress..

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Diane mouse July 31 2014 at 2:31 AM


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MAD_DAWG1 July 30 2014 at 9:51 PM

No thank you.

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Diane MAD_DAWG1 July 31 2014 at 2:30 AM

He was actually from Venezuela. A staunch socialist/communist who became very wealthy while in office. Gave great speeches, promised a lot but came across with very little, the country went from 34 billion in debt to 150 billion while he ruled, was a dictator and supporter of Castro, left his country far worse than before he came to office, etc. He closed one company after another claiming that capitalism is evil, claimed to spread the wealth, just not his wealth!
Sound familiar?

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Im ShopRat25 MAD_DAWG1 July 31 2014 at 4:48 AM

Guess you don't know Chavez is Venezuelan not Mexican they are two different countries. Guess you failed in geography HUH?

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frankiegallo33 July 31 2014 at 6:20 AM

One of Obama's heroes.

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I Made This July 31 2014 at 8:58 AM

Sorry Chavez, Obama's got you beat big times as the worst leader in history.

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rjen164497 July 31 2014 at 6:52 AM

Chavez was the hero of Obama,Elizabeth Warren and the rest of the Socialists.

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leslie July 31 2014 at 8:16 AM

These people are as dumb as the obamanites here!n They're still waiting for him to blow out the candles and cut the cake so they can pick up the crumbs

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kentusm July 31 2014 at 12:04 AM

O My GOD. The world is nuts.

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Diane kentusm July 31 2014 at 2:33 AM

Actually, the people who continue to support this, the most corrupt administration to ever hold office in the USA, are the ones who are nuts!

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Im ShopRat25 Diane July 31 2014 at 4:56 AM

I see you're guilty of the same mind set, policies and agendas as the others. And you call the kettle black.

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FRED July 31 2014 at 5:42 AM

How many people know that Chavez battled against illegals coming across the boarder? He knew countless unskilled, uneducated illegal aliens would take work from his unionized workers. He was smarter than most of the democrats who want us to be flooded with these low lifes.

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Donald Schuler FRED July 31 2014 at 6:10 AM

If it would make you more comfortable living there ,by all means pack up and go .No guts-no- glory .

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dan_crabtree July 30 2014 at 9:02 PM

The late model and hero of one barrack hussein obama..along with sol alinsky..of course..whom he idolized in his younger days..now sadly there both gone but not forgotten by the democrats of today for sure..

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