President Nicolas Maduro, handpicked by Chavez as his successor, has continued the tradition. The country is in the midst of a years-long brutal economic depression, their currency is almost worthless, unemployment is said to be as high as 25 percent, and violent protests have broken out as a result of these things.
Hyperinflation has wiped out the value of its currency, the bolivar. At least four people have been killed in the protests.
Oil-rich Venezuela has seen its economy crash under the socialist rule of the Maduro regime. The Supreme Court also blocked all reforms from opposition lawmakers.
Companies have been cutting operations in Venezuela as a result of runaway inflation and strict currency controls.
The Venezuelan government has offered no explanation for its seizure of the GM plant, and the timing of the move suggests Maduro may be looking to escalate his confrontation with the United States to try to move attention away from the intensifying protests against him.
Coca-Cola was forced to halt production of Coke and other sugar-sweetened beverages previous year due to a sugar shortage.
Killed at Anti-Government protests in Venezuela
With its momentum renewed, the opposition is now pushing for Maduro's removal and the release of scores of political prisoners. Foreign governments are also warning about the increasingly bellicose rhetoric coming from the government.
Browns have zeroed in on choice with No. 1 draft pick
Garrett can be a franchise-changing selection, even current Browns players realize (and are excited) about that possibility. Reports immediately emerged that the Browns would try to trade Osweiler again - and if all else failed they'd cut him.
Pence Praises Freedom, Religious Diversity in Indonesia
Pence pointed to reports of China turning away coal exports from North Korea as an example of the new U.S. strategy bearing fruit. In the past two weeks, Pence said, the world saw strength and resolve when Trump took decisive actions in Syria and Afghanistan.
Atlanta Hawks vs Washington Wizards NBA Playoffs 2017 schedule
Not coincidentally, Millsap dominated the third quarter with 14 points, including six during a 13-0 that put Atlanta up 74-67. Neither team had more than a two-possession lead until Butler made three free throws with 4 minutes to play to make it 95-88.
Capitals Beat Maple Leafs 5-4, Tie Series At 2 Games Each
The Caps are now just two wins away from winning the series and two of the remaining three games will be in Washington. Their possession numbers were abysmally low, clocking in at 26 per cent by midway through the second period.