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'Ghetto Chavez' and the battle for Venezuela's youth

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A boy plays in front of graffiti depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez as a rap singer in Petare, a suburb of Caracas, on Sept. 13.

Jorge Silva / Reuters

A member of the 'communication army' works on graffiti depicting Chavez on Sept. 7.

Reuters reports: In Venezuela's biggest slum, a graffiti artist stencils a painting of President Hugo Chavez dunking a basketball. Another has him rapping to hip-hop music, and another doing a wheelie on a motorcycle. It is a new look for the 58-year-old president, who is seeking another six-year term in a tight race despite undergoing cancer surgery three times since June 2011.

Partly, it is an effort to counter the appeal of his much-younger rival, Governor Henrique Capriles of Miranda state, but also something deeper: the marketing of the socialist leader for a new generation after 14 years of his self-styled revolution. Full Story

 

 

Boxer

Jorge Silva / Reuters

A member of the 'communication army' works on graffiti depicting Chavez as a boxer in the suburbs of Caracas on Sept. 7.

Rapper

Jorge Silva / Reuters

People hang a poster depicting Chavez as a rap singer during a boxing tournament in Los Teques in the suburbs of Caracas on Sept. 1.

Motorcycle Driver

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A girl stands next to graffiti depicting Chavez on a motorcycle in Caracas on Sept. 7.

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