Pay no attention to that patriotic man behind the furniture.
Hey! Remember when that old fuddy-duddy, Henry Ramos Allup, ordered the pictures of Chavecito gone from the National Assembly building in Caracas? Well, look who just copycatted him in Buenos Aires:
The government of Argentina ordered the removal of the portraits of the late former president Néstor Kirchner and his Venezuelan colleague, Hugo Chávez, from the Gallery of Latin American Patriots in the Casa Rosada.
“It was a political decision. Every government leaves its imprint on the House of Government,” said official sources, as maintenance employees moved the portraits down the stairs to the museum in the basement.
According to government personnel, as reported by the DyN news agency, the order to remove both portraits was given by the secretary-general of the Presidency, Fernando de Andreis. DyN sources said that both “would be taken to the Bicentennial Museum of the Casa Rosada”, located in the basement, to be kept in custody there “until it is defined what destiny they will be given”.
Meanwhile, the rest of the portraits hung during the reign of Cristina Kirchner in the same gallery, among them those of Juan Domingo Perón, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Eva Perón, and Hipólito Yrigoyen, will continue to hang in their respective locations in the lower level of the House of Government.
Something tells me that these pics of Kirchnerito and Chavecito will enjoy the same fate as the portrait of Simón Bolívar did during the putsch of ’02.