Venezuela's Chavistas vow to continue fighting

President Nicolas Maduro kept up the combative tone he has taken with the opposition, repeating the government's longstanding contention that Venezuela's enemies are waging a war on its socialist system. (Photos by Franz von Bergen)

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    People showed different images of late President Hugo Chavez during last week's rally, which was dubbed “the first session of the street’s Assembly.”
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    Hundreds of people rallied near the presidential palace of Miraflores to show President Maduro their support on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 in Caracas, Venezuela.
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    “Our homeland won't be negotiated, sold or changed,” read one of the banners made by Chavistas during a rally on Tuesday Dec. 8, 2015 in Caracas, Venezuela.
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    “I don’t fear the opposition attacking me. I fear the fake Chavista hugging me,” read this sign held by a government supporter, alluding to former Chavistas who voted for the opposition.
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    A press conference in which former ministers of Hugo Chavez criticized the current administration taken over by government supporters Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. They called the former ministers “rats.”
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    Former minister of Education Hector Navarro, in the picture, one of the attacked during a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015.
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    Former Chavista ministers Hector Navarro and Jorge Giordani left the room where the press conference was being held through a back door, on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015.
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