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Venezuela commemorates Hugo Chavez amid economic and other woes

Venezuela commemorates Hugo Chavez amid economic and other woes

Venezuela on Thursday marked the second anniversary of former President Hugo Chavez’s death, with the socialist government under increasing fire from international human rights organizations and analysts who say the ailing economy is in the grips of hyperinflation. The observance included President Nicolas Maduro addressing thousands of followers at an “anti-imperialism” rally in central Caracas. “We have to defend against an overthrow, struggle against imperialism, stop those who would detain the construction of the fatherland,” Maduro told the gathering. “We can’t permit an April 11,” he said, referring to the short-lived 2002 coup...

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