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Venezuela mourns death of South America's strongman

Tens of thousands of mourners have packed the streets of Venezuela's capital to see the coffin of President Hugo Chavez being paraded through the city.

'Comandante' Chavez dominated politics in Venezuela for longer than any other democratically-elected leader in the Americas, and many loved him for it.

ITV News International Editor Bill Neely reports on the extraordinary scenes from Caracas:

Venezuelans mourn death of leader Hugo Chavez

The coffin of President Hugo Chavez is driven through the streets of Caracas
The coffin of President Hugo Chavez is driven through the streets of Caracas Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro consoles a mourner
Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro consoles a mourner Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Venezuelan riot police hold back mourners hoping to ctach a glimpse of Hugo Chavez's coffin travelling through the streets of Caracas
Venezuelan riot police hold back mourners hoping to ctach a glimpse of Hugo Chavez's coffin travelling through the streets of Caracas Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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Bolivia's President Evo Morales joins mourners

Bolivia's President Evo Morales accompanied Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro and crowds of mourners to follow Hugo Chavez's casket through the streets of Caracas.

Morales was one of Chavez's closest allies and the two socialist leaders shared many political aims.

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (R) and Bolivia's President Evo Morales join the mourners in the streets of Caracas
Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (R) and Bolivia's President Evo Morales join the mourners in the streets of Caracas Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Security Council holds minute's silence for Chavez

Members of the UN Security Council have held a minute's silence in honour of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, according to reporters at the UN.

The request was reportedly made by Russia's envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin.

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Parade route of Hugo Chavez's casket

Hugo Chavez's casket is being transported through the streets of Venezuela's capital Caracas to the military academy, where is will lie in state on Thursday.

See an interactive map here.

The parade route of Hugo Chavez's coffin through Caracas
The parade route of Hugo Chavez's coffin through Caracas Credit: El Universal/Google Maps

Grieving multitudes are lining the streets of the parade route, many shouting "Chavez to the pantheon!" - referring to a mausoleum he had built to house the remains of independence hero Simon Bolivar.

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Hugo Chavez's casket paraded through streets

President Hugo Chavez's casket has been seen in public for the first time.

A priest led a short service honouring the leader before the casket was carried into a crowded street in the capital Caracas and loaded onto a hearse.

A priest leads a short service in honour of the former president
A priest leads a short service in honour of the former president Credit: Reuters/VTV
Hugo Chavez's casket is loaded onto the hearse before being driven through the streets of Caracas
Hugo Chavez's casket is loaded onto the hearse before being driven through the streets of Caracas Credit: Reuters/VTV
Crowds line the route
Crowds line the route Credit: Reuters/VTV

Ahmadinejad: 'Chavez will return on resurrection day'

The Guardian have quoted Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as saying that Hugo Chávez would "return on resurrection day".

Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a joint petrochemical plant in the Asaluyeh industrial zone in Venezuela's Gulf coast
Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a joint petrochemical plant in the Asaluyeh industrial zone in Venezuela's Gulf coast Credit: Alimadi/ABACA/Press Association Images

Going on to add that he was in, "no doubt that Chávez will return to Earth" together with Jesus and Imam Mahdi, the most revered figure among Shia Muslims, to, "establish peace, justice and kindness" in the world.

Announcing a day of mourning, Ahmadinejad is reported to have said that he believed something was "suspicious" about the cause of Chávez's cancer.

Journalists attacked on streets of Caracas

A reporter and cameraman working for Colombia's RCN TV have been attacked in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas while covering the aftermath of the death of President Hugo Chavez.

The reporter, Carmen Andrea Rengifo and her cameraman, Samuel Sotomayor, were attacked by a crowd of Chavez supporters outside a military hospital.

In dramatic images filmed by Sotomayor showed the two journalists being beaten and chased by the crowd before managing to escape on a motorcycle.

Members of the crowd can be heard shouting obscenities at the two journalists and ordering them to leave the area.

Rengifo was injured in the attack, suffering light wounds.

It is not clear why the crowd turned on the journalists, however earlier, another television cameraman was injured by a crowd of Chavez supporters in Caracas before escaping in an ambulance. The crowd had said the cameraman was working for the Venezuelan opposition TV channel, Globovision.

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