In early 2009, I went to Venezuela to photograph a referendum that abolished term limits for the president, effectively allowing Hugo Chavez to lead the country indefinitely. Apparently it didn’t do much good. Hugo Chavez passed away after fighting cancer. It’ll be very interesting to see how the country changes with this new development. Here’s a photo story I did in 2009 about the Chavismo movement.
Never forget the struggle. Viva Venezuela. Hugo Chavez, presente! 1954-2013. http://jaseshort.tumblr.com/post/44703760647/why-we-mourn-the-death-of-hugo-chavez
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has died aged 58, after 14 years in power.
Mr Chavez had been seriously ill with cancer for more than a year, undergoing several operations in Cuba.
Crowds of supporters gathered outside the Caracas hospital where he died, chanting “We are all Chavez!”
With the news of Hugo Chavez’s death, Venezuelan supporters took to the streets to mourn the loss of their president.
Chavez’s death has devastated his millions of supporters, who loved him for his charisma, anti-US stance and oil policies that helped bring subsidized food and free health clinics to the country’s slums.
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Under President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela was one of Russia’s most important trading and military allies in Latin America. He repeatedly visited the country and met with the Russian authorities to discuss cooperation between the two countries.