Photo: Ailing Venezuelan President Chavez Wants to Build History-Themed Amusement Park
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is apparently looking to build an amusement park at the sight of the final battle during the fight for independence from Spain near Campo de Carabobo.
The Tourism Ministry recently announced it was in its first phase of the project of turning the historic site, which will be along the Ruta del Libertador, into a theme park.
This theme park is just the latest on a list of interesting choices from the seemingly paranoid president, who many believe has turned his government into a propaganda machine writer Gustavo Hernandez Acevedo describes as always trying “to push the narrative of a permanent struggle for independence into all walks of life.”
Chavez’s government has used a number of historical figures to put his stamp on action figures, B movies, and even satellites.
In November 2011, Ecuador’s Tourism Ministry announced an initial investment of $25,000 for the Ruta del Libertador, which highlights Simon Bolivar and other historic heroes’ paths during the birth of new republican states in the area. The path was created to promote tourism to both Venezuela and Ecuador.