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Chavez supporters march

Caracas, Venezuela - Hundreds of supporters of President Hugo Chavez have gathered in Venezuela's capital for marches commemorating the fall of the country's last dictatorship in 1958.

Government supporters and opponents are holding separate gatherings for the anniversary amid uncertainty about the country's future due to Chavez's fight with cancer.

Supporters of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez hold a rally outside the Venezuelan Consulate in New York January 23, 2013. Chavez supporters held rallies in cities across the United States in solidarity with the thousands of people that took to the streets of Venezuela on January 10 to show support of the president and the Bolivian Revolution. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid. Credit: REUTERS

The president has been absent for more than six weeks, and the government says he is in Cuba recovering after cancer surgery. The president has not been seen or spoken publicly since he left for Havana on December 10.

Chavez's supporters and public employees gathered near stages in a neighborhood blocks away from the presidential palace, where music blared from speakers with the slogan: “Chavez, heart of the nation.” - Sapa-AP

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