Thousands of Venezuelans have turned out to show support for President Hugo Chavez and his plan to run for re-election next year.
Sunday's rally is one of the few public events that the 57-year-old Chavez has attended in recent months as he recovers from cancer treatment.
He is vowing to win the 2012 presidential vote and another six-year term as he strives to push Venezuela toward socialism.
Chavez urged those at the rally to expect a difficult campaign next year. He says they must persuade undecided Venezuelans to vote for him rather than an opposition-backed candidate who could dismantle his social programs for the poor.
Opposition parties have scheduled a primary for February to pick a joint presidential candidate.
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