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Today the Venezuelan state continued its riveting bicentinial celebrations of its war for independence from the Spanish empire led by the "liberator" Simon Bolivar by exhuming his remains in what has been officially termed a respectful and patriotic operation supervised by Venezuelan flags, Venezuelan military and no less than 50 Venezuelan scientific experts in forensic anthropology, archaeological preservation & such like if not so.
This is not the first time the bicentenial celebrations have seen remains respectfully & patriotically shunted about for TV consumption. On the 5th of July, in the first official acknowledgement of her importance to the Liberator the woman he loved, his mistress, Manuela Sanz was afforded a symbolic return flanked by Venezuelan women military officers. Her small and paltry remains were placed in the Venezuelan pantheon next to those of Simon Bolivar that same day.