Government opponents gather to commemorate the 1958 fall of Gen. Marcos Perez Jimenez, Venezuela's last dictator, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Some government adversaries have likened Chavez to Perez Jimenez, saying both attempted to silence the news media, used the judiciary to jail adversaries and infringed on freedoms. Chavez and his supporters deny such accusations and say that the president has strengthened the country's democracy. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Government opponents gather to commemorate the 1958 fall of Gen. Marcos Perez Jimenez, Venezuela's last dictator, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Some government adversaries have likened Chavez to Perez Jimenez, saying both attempted to silence the news media, used the judiciary to jail adversaries and infringed on freedoms. Chavez and his supporters deny such accusations and say that the president has strengthened the country's democracy. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Government opponents gather to commemorate the 1958 fall of Gen. Marcos Perez Jimenez, Venezuela's last dictator, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Some government adversaries have likened Chavez to Perez Jimenez, saying both attempted to silence the news media, used the judiciary to jail adversaries and infringed on freedoms. Chavez and his supporters deny such accusations and say that the president has strengthened the country's democracy. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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