Reuters

Workers say the late leader's face popped up on some rocks deep in the Caracas transit tunnels.

Though Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died in March, his successor Nicolas Maduro says he's still "everywhere." Everywhere, it turns out, means even in the rocks deep below Caracas, where workers are busy carving out a new subway tunnel.

Maduro claims that late one night this week, workers briefly saw the late leader's face appear in the rocks. "Just as it appeared, so it disappeared. So you see, what you say is right, Chavez is everywhere, we are Chavez, you are Chavez," Maduro said during a live TV event.

Luckily, a worker snapped a photo with his phone before it disappeared. See for yourself below:

Before rising the ranks of national politics, Maduro got his start in the city's Caracas Metro system, first as a bus driver and then as a labor leader. As local elections approach in December, this transportation revelation is perhaps being peddled as a blessing of the new Maduro administration from his former mentor. Had Maduro started out as a waiter, maybe we would have been treated to a Jesus-in-toast vision of Chavez instead.

Watch Maduro explain the Chavez-in-the-tunnels appearance in the video below (in Spanish).

All images via Miraflores Palace/Reuters.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. photo: A lone tourist in Barcelona, one of several global cities that have seen a massive crash in Airbnb bookings.
    Coronavirus

    Can Airbnb Survive Coronavirus?

    The short-term rental market is reeling from the coronavirus-driven tourism collapse. Can the industry’s dominant player stage a comeback after lockdowns lift?

  2. Illustration: two roommates share a couch with a Covid-19 virus.
    Coronavirus

    For Roommates Under Coronavirus Lockdown, There Are a Lot of New Rules

    Renters in apartments and houses share more than just germs with their roommates: Life under coronavirus lockdown means negotiating new social rules.

  3. Equity

    The Problem With a Coronavirus Rent Strike

    Because of coronavirus, millions of tenants won’t be able to write rent checks. But calls for a rent holiday often ignore the longer-term economic effects.

  4. photo: a For Rent sign in a window in San Francisco.
    Coronavirus

    Do Landlords Deserve a Coronavirus Bailout, Too?

    Some renters and homeowners are getting financial assistance during the economic disruption from the coronavirus pandemic. What about landlords?

  5. Traffic-free Times Square in New York City
    Maps

    Mapping How Cities Are Reclaiming Street Space

    To help get essential workers around, cities are revising traffic patterns, suspending public transit fares, and making more room for bikes and pedestrians.

×