A worker passes a mural of Hugo Chavez at the military barracks where the former Venezuelan president is entombed in Caracas, Venezuela. Workers made last-minute preparations for Wednesday’s ceremony marking the first anniversary of Chavez’s death. The anniversary has been marred by three weeks of protests against the government of Chavez’s chosen successor, Nicolas Maduro.
A man sits next to a mural depicting the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez in downtown Caracas. Hovering over a sun-baked mountain one day in his presidential helicopter, Chávez had a dream: to build a utopian city that would showcase socialism in Venezuela. Slowly and chaotically over the years that followed, the late president’s pet project – named “Ciudad Caribia” for the country’s indigenous Carib people – began to take shape on the mountain’s ridges and plateaus.
People hold up images showing Fidel Castro, second from right, Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chávez, centre, and Cuban revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, bottom left and right, during a May Day march in Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba. The image of Chávez carries the words in Spanish ‘Chávez: Our best friend.’