Thousands of supporters of President Hugo Chavez filled a downtown Caracas avenue on Saturday to demonstrate their backing for the socialist leader's crackdown on allegedly crooked real-estate and construction companies.
Waving Venezuelan flags and wearing T-shirts bearing pro-government slogans, roughly 5,000 Chavez supporters marched through downtown Caracas. Some chanted "Viva Chavez!" while others held up banners heralding the president's order for officials to seize control of more than a dozen residential complexes.
The march was organized so that "fraudulent businessmen know they cannot fool the people as they've done in the past because now we have a government that defends us and fights to construct a better country for all of us," said Carlos Sierra, a member of the ruling party.