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In Pictures: Venezuela's political graffiti
Even after the death of President Hugo Chavez, "El Comandante's" legacy looms large in Caracas' urban environment.
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Despite his death, the memory of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is still a defining facet of street art in Caracas. 

With presidential elections set for April 14, Nicolas Maduro, Chavez's chosen successor, is facing off against opposition challenger Henrique Capriles. 

"All of the prophecies of Hugo Chavez, the prophet of Christ on this earth, have come true," Maduro said during a recent election rally. The former bus driver holds a significant lead over Capriles in opinion polls. 

For his part, Capriles has tried to separate the legacy of Chavez from Maduro's campaign. "Nicolas, you are not Chavez!" Capriles said recently. 

Across Caracas, however, images of the former socialist president are still omnipresent. 


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Supporters believe deceased president Hugo Chavez followed in the footsteps of other Latin American revolutionaries. This image in downtown Caracas shows Chavez beside Venezuelan independence hero Simon Bolivar and communist revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara.


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Graffiti on Venezuela's foreign affairs ministry urges for a "popular victory".


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Chavez, who referred to himself as a "Christian socialist", is pictured beside Jesus Christ and Simon Bolivar. Christian imagery and appeals have not stopped Venezuela from forging close relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Since his death on March 5, Chavez has assumed almost mythical status in Venezuela.


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"Now is the time" reads a stencil supporting opposition candidate Henrique Capriles.


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Major election issues include unemployment, inflation, infrastructure, and security - especially as Caracas has become one of the most dangerous cities in Americas.


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"The genie is out of the bottle", reads this pro-government stencil. "The poor are upset."


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A poster supporting the Capriles is vandalised with paint bombs. The opposition complains of facing intimidation from government supporters.


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Chavez is viewed as something close to a saint by many Venezuelans.



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Supporters believe Hugo Chavez is following in the footsteps of other Latin American revolutionaries. This image in downtown Caracas shows Chavez beside Venezuelan independence hero Simon Bolivar and communist revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara.

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=0brja1weHL1gAChris Arsenault Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Supporters believe Hugo Chavez is following in the footsteps of other Latin American revolutionaries. This image in downtown Caracas shows Chavez beside Venezuelan independence hero Simon Bolivar and communist revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=07459oh3Pt4uU

Graffiti on Venezuela’s foreign affairs ministry urges for a “popular victory”.

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:40:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=07459oh3Pt4uUChris Arsenault Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Graffiti on Venezuela’s foreign affairs ministry urges for a “popular victory”.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=0c7D1ZG7lAc3p

Frequently referring to himself as a “Christian socialist”, Chavez is pictured beside Jesus Christ and Simon Bolivar. Christian imagery and appeals have not stopped Venezuela from forging close relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:41:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=0c7D1ZG7lAc3pChris Arsenault Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Frequently referring to himself as a “Christian socialist”, Chavez is pictured beside Jesus Christ and Simon Bolivar. Christian imagery and appeals have not stopped Venezuela from forging close relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=0g5L3Tb2RW4Cv

“Now is the time” reads a stencil supporting Henrique Capriles. Normally fractious, the opposition has largely united behind the former lawyer for this election.

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:41:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=0g5L3Tb2RW4CvChris Arsenault Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

“Now is the time” reads a stencil supporting Henrique Capriles. Normally fractious, the opposition has largely united behind the former lawyer for this election.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=04L7dkT2Tj8ih

Major election issues include unemployment, inflation, infrastructure, and security - especially as Caracas has become one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=04L7dkT2Tj8ihChris Arsenault Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Major election issues include unemployment, inflation, infrastructure, and security - especially as Caracas has become one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=082fg6QdE01rZ

"The genie is out of the bottle", reads this pro-Chavez stencil. "The poor are upset."

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:40:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=082fg6QdE01rZChris Arsenault Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

"The genie is out of the bottle", reads this pro-Chavez stencil. "The poor are upset."

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=0eLccKVcFP35u

A stencil supporting Capriles is vandalised by Chavez supporters with the word "paquetazo", a reference to documents with alleged plans to privatise key government services and abandon popular "missions" providing food and healthcare to poor communities. Capriles says the documents are forgeries and that he wants to expand social services.

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=0eLccKVcFP35uChris Arsenault Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A stencil supporting Capriles is vandalised by Chavez supporters with the word "paquetazo", a reference to documents with alleged plans to privatise key government services and abandon popular "missions" providing food and healthcare to poor communities. Capriles says the documents are forgeries and that he wants to expand social services.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=07tLdX6dWFavLA poster supporting the Capriles is vandalised with paint bombs. The opposition complains that Chavez and his supporters are using intimidation in the campaign.Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=07tLdX6dWFavLChris Arsenault Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesA poster supporting the Capriles is vandalised with paint bombs. The opposition complains that Chavez and his supporters are using intimidation in the campaign. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=0eIq5ad8f1aHy

Capriles has been campaigning in poor neighbourhoods where voters have traditionally backed Chavez.

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=0eIq5ad8f1aHyChris Arsenault Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Capriles has been campaigning in poor neighbourhoods where voters have traditionally backed Chavez.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=05bObIMgS82tD

Poverty and inequality have been significantly reduced since Chavez came to power in 1999. Supporters say this is due to government redistribution of the country's vast oil wealth. Critics believe the drop in poverty is due to increased oil prices and thus more money in government coffers.

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Venezuelan-Elections-?image_id=05bObIMgS82tDChris Arsenault Al Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images

Poverty and inequality have been significantly reduced since Chavez came to power in 1999. Supporters say this is due to government redistribution of the country's vast oil wealth. Critics believe the drop in poverty is due to increased oil prices and thus more money in government coffers.



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