Caracas: A year after Chavez succumbed to cancer, his followers took to the streets on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of his death. His self-proclaimed “son,” President Nicolas Maduro, faces the great challenge to rule the country after the vacuum left by Chavez’s death. He is currently dealing with widespread anti-government demonstrations that have led to clashes with security forces and 18 deaths. Maduro said, “Chavez passed into history as the man who revived Bolivar,” said Maduro, who often hails Chavez as South America’s second “liberator” after independence hero Simon Bolivar.

Hugo Chavez, ruled for 14-years and was admired by the Venezuela’s poorest while alienating the middle and upper classes.