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Controversy over American Flags flying to honor Hugo Chavez

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LIVINGSTON PARISH - When flags are at half mast in the United States, it's a symbol of respect, mourning and distress. But a flag in Lake Charles is riling emotions.

"It's a little bit disturbing to me," said a woman who wished to be annonymous.

Citgo flew flags low in Louisiana and Texas to remember Hugo Chavez, the late President of Venezuela. Citgo is owned by Petroleos Venezuela, Venezuela's national oil company.

Chavez donated millions of gallons in heating oil to U.S. families through the state-owned Citgo Corp. He offered gasoline and $5 million in aid to help victims in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But despite those efforts, he was never able to foster his image as a savior of the poor in the U.S. like he did in Venezuela.

The Venezuelan president passed away at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer.
His death was announced yesterday Tuesday.
Chavez will lie in state for three days at a military academy before his funeral Friday morning.



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