Service Employees International Union (SEIU) local 1199 in New York City allowed a celebration of the life of the late socialist Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez to be held in their offices Friday.

The event, organized by the pro-Chavez Bolivarian Circle of New York, was held last Friday at 6:30 PM and promoted on Facebook.

The event’s Facebook announcement declared that the event was to be held in the auditorium of the 1199 SEIU building on 43rd street in New York City.

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