Caracas: Cuban President Raul Castro paid tribute to Comandante Hugo Chavez at the Mountain Barracks, in Caracas’ 23 de Enero neighborhood, on the occasion of the first anniversary of his death.

The Cuban statesman on Wednesday laid a white rose on the coffin where the Venezuelan revolutionary leader’s remains rest.

The Cuban Head of State also attended the solemn ceremony of changing of the guard that permanently accompanies Chavez in that place.

Raul Castro arrived in Venezuela Thursday, to participate in the activities on occasion of the first anniversary of Chavez’ death.

Thursday’s agenda also includes a civic-military parade at Paseo de los Proceres (National Heroes’ Promenade) in Caracas, bringing together representatives of social movements and the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) of Venezuela.

A demonstration of defensive military techniques and FANB troops was offered to those present, both Venezuelan and foreign, united by the common interest of paying tribute to the revolutionary leader.

On March 5 last year, the then Vice Executive President Nicolas Maduro informed the country that Chavez had passed away at the Caracas Military Hospital.

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