Controversy after Lake Charles Citgo facility flies flag half-mast after death of Chavez
POSTED: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 6:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 6:49pm
Lake Charles, La — A few Louisianans are upset after an American flag at a Citgo facility in the Lake Charles area was flown at half-staff after the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday.
The refinery is actually owned by the Venezuelan government.
According to the U.S. code, if a foreign dignitary or official dies, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to presidential instructions or orders.
Citgo released a statement saying Chavez promoted social justice across boundaries.
Chavez died yesterday at 58-years-old after succumbing to an infection related to his cancer surgery.