Hundreds of thousands queue to bid Chavez farewell

Dozens of people were injured in a crush today as hundreds of thousands of people queued to see the mortal remains of Hugo Chavez.

A continuous stream of mourners filed past the leader's open casket in the Military Academy in Venezuela's capital Caracas.

A soldier tries to maintain order as supporters of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez wait on line to view his body Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

Outside the Academy, riot police struggled to maintain order and were seen carrying away several people injured in the crush.

Barriers failed to hold back the surge of people, some of whom had waited for more than 18 hours to bid their leader farewell.

Mourners stand in line to view his body in state at the Military Academy in Caracas
Mourners stand in line to view his body in state at the Military Academy in Caracas Credit: REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

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