Voters were queuing from 5.30 am in polling booths around Venezuela, and until now voting has been peaceful and without trouble , though there have been some minor accusations of pro-government campaigning in Caracas.
On 2 April election campaigning formally began, and on 3 April Nicolas Maduro visited Merida state. Crowds filled the central city bridge, equalling crowd sizes when Hugo Chavez spoke in Merida in September in the lead-up to last year’s elections.
Weeks after his passing, Chavez remains present on every street corner. Not just his face, but his message is encapsulated by street art peppering Merida's public places. Murals celebrate freedom and unity, while speaking out against imperialism and exploitation. Merida's street art are daily reminders of the ongoing revolution.
Since Chavez died on March 5, rallies have become a permanent fixture in Merida's Bolivar Square. Supporters gather daily to commemorate to celebrate the life of a president who reshaped Venezuela. Government buildings are papered with letters to Chavez, and demonstrations are periodically taking place elsewhere in town.
A three hour ceremony marked the passing of one of South America's most transformative leaders. As world leaders lined up to bid farewell what was on display was the extent to which Chavez changed not only Venezuela, but the world.
Outside supporters gathered for Chavez one last time; many lining up for hours to briefly view the casket.
A week of mourning has been declared in Venezuela, following the death of President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday. An outpouring of grief has taken place across the country, with thousands attending vigils and other events, marking the loss of a much beloved leader. This morning, thousands of supporters gathered in Caracas to witness the procession of the casket, while many more have rallied elsewhere.
On 27 February 1989 protests begain in Caracas against the neoliberalism of then president Carlos Andres Perez. There were also some violent protests in other cities of the country. By the next day the government declared a curfew, then militarised the streets andpolice were responding with unprecedented violence.
Venezuelans around the country came out into the streets to celebrate on Monday morning upon receiving the news of Chavez's return. The arrival of the President from Cuba was unexpected, and was only announced via Chavez's Twitter account once he was already in the country. As supporters learned of the news, spontaneous rallies ocurred around the country.
It's carnaval time, which is seeing Venezuela enter the colourful contradiction of tradition, celebration, costume parades, nationalism and internationalism, bullfights, and counter bullfight culture and marches, rest, drunkeness, and many small children dressed as Bolivar.
A massive rally was held in Caracas in defense of the Bolivarian Revolution on Wednesday, January 23rd, a date known as the "Day of Democracy" in Venezuela in commemoration of the day in 1958 when the dictatorship of Marcos Perez Jimenez was overthrown by a civic-military movement.