A week of mourning has been declared in Venezuela, following the death of President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday. An outpouring of grief has taken place across the country, with thousands attending vigils and other events, marking the loss of a much beloved leader. This morning, thousands of supporters gathered in Caracas to witness the state funeral, while many more have rallied elsewhere.
In Merida, hundreds of residents gathered in Bolivar Square to mourn. (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis.com).
After a series of speeches, including a live feed of world leaders paying tribute to the fallen president, Chavistas joined in mass prayer (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis.com).
Chavistas paid tribute to Chavez by leaving messages on long sheets of paper (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis.com).
Plaza Bolivar, Merida (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis.com)
Merida (Tamara Pearson/Venezuelanalysis.com)
Venezuelans gathered for the president’s funeral in Caracas (VTV)
Caracas (Carlos Cargia Rowlins/Rueters via El Pais)
Caracas (Gregorio Marrero/LatinContent/Getty Images via ABC)
Caracas (Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo via ABC)
Caracas (AP via El Pais)
Caracas (Juan Barreto/Getty Images)
Caracas (Jorge Silva/Reuters via El Pais)