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Pro-Chavez group unveils 'ChavezPro' font on anniversary of late leader's birth

A portrait of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez looks on as government supporters march on March 6, 2014 in Caracas, Venezuela.
A portrait of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez looks on as government supporters march on March 6, 2014 in Caracas, Venezuela.
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It’s been just over a year since the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez but now some supporters have found a quirky way to remember the late leader. On Monday, they announced a downloadable font in the style of Chavez’s handwriting, of all things.

The announcement today coincides with what would have been Chavez’s 60th birthday, which has inspired multiple celebrations across the country. The font, named--what else--’ChavezPro’, was created by a group of young “anti-imperialists” and was done by digitizing letters Chavez wrote while in jail for a 1992 coup attempt. The group Creative Trench is behind the font, which is now available on its website.

Reuters notes that in addition to the nearly-ubiquitous sightings around Venezuela of Chavez’s image on buildings and such, people had also grown accustomed to seeing the former leader’s handwriting when he would write and draw on whiteboards on national TV. His signature has been seen reproduced to decorate buildings as well.

Chavez’s successor, President Nicolas Maduro, led a ceremony on Monday in Chavez’s hometown of Sabaneta. Maduro also said that the spirit of Chavez visited him once again in the form of a little bird, as he claimed last year after the leader’s death, adding that, "the little bird said 'El Comandante' was happy, full of the love and loyalty of his people.”

On Saturday, the country’s Socialist Party began its first congress without Chavez, which lasts through Thursday, and made Maduro the new party president, but only after members decided to name Chavez the party’s “eternal leader.”

"All of us together have to be Chavez, we must not fail the giant,” Maduro said when as he addressed the delegates in Caracas. “We are his heirs."

Last week, the trial for jailed opposition leader Leopaldo Lopez began. He is accused of having masterminded the anti-government protests that began in mid-February and lasted through May and for being the “intellectual author” of the damage that resulted.

Lopez, meanwhile, says the government is "jailing Venezuelans for seeking democratic change".