March 5 marks the second anniversary since the death of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Chavez led the process that transformed Venezuela away from neoliberal failure. But his impact was much wider: He was at the heart of processes that forged new unity in South America, beginning to overturn decades of U.S. domination and he has become an international beacon for social justice, peace and a multipolar world.
President Chavez greets people during a visit to Mali in 2006. Under Chavez, Venezuela forged greater economic and cultural ties with African countries.Photo:Venezuelainfos
President Chavez greets people in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia during one of his visits. Chavez built close ties with Bolivia following the election of Evo Morales as Bolivian president, and Venezuelan officials provided technical support to Bolivia when the country decided to nationalize its energy sector.Photo:Correo del Orinoco
Hundreds greet President Chavez upon his arrival in Syria, 2009. The Venezuelan leader was widely regarded in the Arab world, particularly for his opposition to Israeli and U.S. atrocities in the region.Photo:AFP
Palestinian protesters hold a banner of President Chavez during a protest in the West Bank, 2013.Photo:AFP
Supporters gather in London during a 2006 visit where President Chavez signed a cooperation agreement with Mayor Ken Livingstone.
Chavez is greeted by dozens in Haitians upon his arrival in 2007. Venezuela was one of the most generous nations to Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake, forgiving hundreds of millions in debt.Photo:Marcelo Garcia
During his speech at the United Nations in 2006, President Chavez criticized U.S. President George W. Bush, famously saying the stand still had the smell of sulphur in an allusion to Bush as the devil.Photo:UN
Brazilian President Lula da Silva (L), late Argentine President Nestor Kirchner (C) and President Chavez meet in Montevideo during the Mercosur summit. The three leaders were key to rejecting the U.S.-led Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) proposal in 2005.Photo:Agência Brasil
Chavez with soccer legend Diego Maradona at a mass rally in Argentina against the U.S.-led FTAA free trade agreement.
Chavez was a vocal opponent of war and built links with the international peace movement including U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan.
Award-winner U.S. director and activist Michael Moore was among the many celebrity voices that praised Chavez’s social policies.Photo:Reuters
U.S. Intellectual Noam Chomsky met with President Chavez in 2009.Photo:ABN
President Chavez in Russia during an official visit to deepen cooperation between both countries, in 2010. The Venezuelan leader often spoke about the need to create a multipolar world to counter the destructive imposition of U.S.-European policies and institutions.Photo:AFP
Hugo Chavez with U.S. Congressman Jose E. Serrano during a visit to the Bronx in New York in 2005. The visit resulted in a program offering subsidized heating oil to low-income U.S. residents from Venezuela through Citgo.Photo:Reuters
President Chavez gives a copy of “The Open Veins of Latin America” by Eduardo Galeano to U.S. President Barack Obama in 2009. The book is considered one of the foremost works on how imperialism has shaped the Latin American reality.Photo:Xinhua/Reuters
Chavez addressing thousands at the World Social Forum in Gigantinho Stadium in Porto Alegre in 2005. Venezuela was also the host of the World Social Forum the following year.Photo:ABN
Girl plays with a Chavez cardboard figure in Plaza Bolivar, Caracas. Plaza Bolivar, which connects with the Venezuelan national assembly, is site of numerous spontaneous political activities and events. Photo:Reuters
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