Marchers demand 'truth' about Chávez


Hundreds of pro-opposition students and other critics of Hugo Chávez’s government marched in Caracas yesterday to demand proof that the cancer-stricken Venezuelan leader was still alive.

Underlining the deep political polarisation of the South American nation of 29 million people during Mr Chávez’s 14-year rule, hundreds of pro-government students also held a rally in support of the president and his ministers.

With Mr Chávez unseen, apart from one set of photos, since a cancer operation in December, Venezuelans are on edge waiting for developments amid a sea of rumours.

– (Reuters)