Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro arrives at a military parade to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez in Caracas March 5, 2014. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
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The anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death was marked Wednesday with a mix of street protests and solemn commemorations that reflected deep divisions over the Venezuela he left behind.Poorer neighborhoods were calm and people filed solemnly into the mausoleum containing Chavez's remains to pay respects to the combative, charismatic leader who transformed Venezuela during a 14-year reign, championing its downtrodden.President Nicolas Maduro organized 10 days of commemorative activities to mark the anniversary of Chavez's death at age 58 .The government has encouraged devotion to the late president that is sometimes religious.The government has accused the United States of fomenting recent protests and kicked out three U.S. diplomats last month. That move followed a pattern: The day Chavez died, the government expelled two U.S. military attaches.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has lamented that his government is being blamed for things he says it never did.
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