Times New Roman ... and now the 'Hugo Chavez' font
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[July 29, 2014]
By Diego Ore
CARACAS (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.
MADURO: BIRD BRINGS CHAVEZ MESSAGE
Images of Chavez's eyes, face and clenched fist are stenciled and
reproduced all over Venezuela. 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.
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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.
(Additional reporting by Andrew Cawthorne; Writing by Andrew
Cawthorne; Editing by David Gregorio)
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