“May God repay you for all your solidarity, all your love, my dear compatriots! I will live! We will live! We will overcome! Toward victory always!” Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez wrote Tuesday via his twitter account @chavezcandanga.
This message was retweeted by over 2,200 users as well as reported on by numerous websites in Venezuela and abroad.
The Venezuelan president has also been answering individual messages of support by several of his more than 2.5 million twitter followers after announcing that he will soon undergo surgery to remove a small lesion near where he had a cancerous tumor removed last year.
In a message to Ana Peralta, the president wrote: “All my love to you. I promised I will fight tirelessly for life. I will live… We will live! And we will overcome!,”
Since Tuesday, thousands of twitter followers have written messages of solidarity with the Venezuelan leader using the hashtag #PalanteComandante.
YVKE Mundial / Press Office – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S / February 22, 2012