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.
UK Parliament approves Theresa May's snap vote
Montgomeryshire MP, Glyn Davies, said the Prime Minister had been left with "little choice" due to frustration over Brexit. May dismissed criticism of her decision to call voters back to polling booths for the third time in just over 24 months.
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.
Labour leader says UK election 'establishment vs people'
Within hours of the vote, the prime minister was in Bolton, outside Manchester, to deliver her first stump speech of the campaign. Theresa May has made clear a "weak" Labour leader will be the focus of her campaign. "We will overturn this rigged system".