Chávez's supporters rally outside hospital in Caracas
Top officials reported on Twitter that President Hugo Chávez's followers are rallying in support of the Venezuelan president. Communication and Information Minister urged people to remain calm. Fireworks were launched near the hospital in celebration of Chávez's return
In the meantime, senior officials called upon citizens to remain calm. Information Minister Ernesto Villegas reminded citizens that patients in hospital needed some rest.
The Venezuelan head of state returned to Venezuela at 2:30 a.m after having completed the first stage of his recovery in Havana. Chávez underwent his fourth cancer surgery last December 11 in Cuba.
Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Jorge Arreaza twitted that fireworks exploded near the hospital in celebration of the leader's return.
For his part, Foreign Minister Elías Jaua posted on his Twitter account, "The commander needs some tranquility so as to continue recovering. Now more than ever, discipline and serenity (are needed)."
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.