One year on from his death, Hugo Chavez still exerts a powerful influence over Venezuela.

As his chosen successor, President Nicolás Maduro, prepares celebrations for the anniversary, opposition activists are readying themselves for more mass protests, according to Euronews.

On Tuesday thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Caracas denouncing the continuation of Chavez’s policies under Maduro. They blame him for high inflation and escalating crime whilst the country’s economy flounders, despite its oil wealth.

Demonstrators have pledged further rallies during the day, raising fears of violent clashes which have been a feature of protests in recent weeks.

To recall, at least 18 people have died and more than 260 were injured since the protests erupted Feb. 4 in the western border city of San Cristobal, igniting the biggest challenge yet to the nearly year-old government of Chavez's handpicked successor Maduro.

The opposition has been intent on keeping up the momentum of month-old protests against the Maduro government, which is trying just as hard to defuse the protest movement.

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