VENEZUELAN socialists vowed on Thursday to oppose the opposition-controlled parliament’s ban on images of late president Hugo Chavez and national liberator Simon Bolivar.
At a rally outside the National Assembly in Plaza Bolivar, hundreds of red-clad government supporters led by Caracas Mayor Jorge Rodriguez swore loyalty to Mr Chavez and Bolivar.
One protester dressed up as Uncle Sam, pulling the strings of a cut-out of newly elected right-wing National Assembly Speaker Henry Ramos.
President Nicolas Maduro and his new cabinet visited Mr Chavez’s mausoleum, recently transferred to a trust to keep it out of opposition hands, to lend support to the campaign.
Chavistas were outraged by order to remove from the assembly portraits of the two former leaders on Wednesday.
“I don’t want to see Chavez or Maduro,” Mr Ramos said. “Take it all to Miraflores” — the presidential palace — “or the trash.”