HOUSTON – United States flags are normally lowered to half staff when one of the country’s leaders dies, but a Venezuela-based company lowered it when Hugo Chavez died.
On Wednesday, all of the flags outside Citgo’s United States headquarters in Houston were at half staff. That included the United States and Texas flags.
The company said the flags were lowered to honor Chavez, who died on Tuesday.
“We at CITGO Petroleum Corporation are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the people of Venezuela in this time of grief,” a statement from the company read.
Some residents said they were appalled by the action.
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