Chavez Calls For Prayer For Libyans

News Americas, CARACAS, Venezuela, Mon. Aug. 22, 2011: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday called for prayer for Libyans.

In a televised speech, Chavez said: “Let’s pray to God for the Libyan people,” while condemned the fierce fighting in Libya and NATO’s bombings in the country.
“Today they dropped I don’t know how many bombs,” he said, while slamming the U.S. government’s role in the NATO strikes.

He said the involvement of the U.S. and some European countries aims to “intervene and seize a country and its riches.”

Chavez has been a staunch defender of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

The criticism and call for prayer came as supporters of Chavez shaved their heads in solidarity with their leader’s struggle against cancer and prayed and sang at a televised event.

Chavez, bald from chemotherapy, smiled, clapped with the music and waved to the crowd.

Those attending included a group of six from the Dominican Republic who shaved their heads outside the Venezuelan Embassy in their country on Friday. Chavez greeted the Dominicans with hugs and stood arm-in-arm with them.