Venezuelans stock up on gas, food amid uncertain future ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Associated press file Hugo Chavez spoke at a press conference in Caracas in October 2012, flanked by a portrait of independence hero Simon Bolivar. AFP/Getty Images file Chavez smiled during a visit by the Russian foreign minister to Caracas in August 2011. Associated press file Chavez waved to supporters during a 2002 march in Caracas commemorating the anniversary of Venezuelan democracy. associated press file Chavez held a copy of his nation’s constitution during a visit to a refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2001. Associated press file Chavez saluted militia members at a 2010 ceremony in Caracas to mark the eighth anniversary of his return to power after a brief coup. Associated press file Chavez, right, walked with Saddam Hussein during a visit to Iraq in 2000.