Thousands of supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez, known colloquially as Chavistas, marched through Caracas to the National Pantheon to commemorate the 200-year anniversary of the Battle of Boyaca on Wednesday.

Protesters can be seen waving numerous Venezuelan flags and carrying placards decrying US President Donald Trump.

Upon reaching the National Pantheon, where the remains of Venezuelan Independence leader Simon Bolivar lie, the march was greeted by Maduro and other officials.

The 1819 Battle of Boyaca was a decisive battle in which Simon Bolivar defeated Spanish forces, and ultimately led to a series of other victories which ensured the liberation of New Granada, then still a Spanish possession.

The march comes only days after US President Donald Trump announced the strengthening of sanctions against the South American country, which National Security Adviser John Bolton stated "now joins that exclusive club of rogue states like Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea."

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