Chavez supporters rally, pray for 'comandante'

July 3, 2011 19:08

CARACAS - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's supporters rallied and prayed on Sunday for the speedy recovery of a man whose revelation of cancer treatment has rocked the country he has dominated for more than a decade.

In bread shops and bars, streets and homes across the volatile South American OPEC member, there is only one topic of gossip and debate: just how bad is Chavez's health?Dozens chanted "We love Chavez!" at a service in the capital's largest slum, Petare. At a downtown square, red-shirted supporters danced, sang, waved flags and held puppets of Chavez aloft in a lively show of support.

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