>> Even though Barinas is Hugo Chavez's home state, the state is suffering from the same problems as the rest of Venezuela. People are going hungry, there are shortages of food and medicines and discontent is rising in this state. My name is Andrew Corthorne and I'm reporting for Reuters in Venezuela.
At the moment I'm in the town of Sabaretta in Barinas state. It's the place where Hugo Chavez, the former president was born and it's the state where traditionally the ruling socialists had the biggest level of support. Behind me is a statue that has been erected to Hugo Chavez in honor of him, and just around the corner is the home where he was born.
His memory is still revered but the popularity of his ruling movement has plunged, it's an extraordinary turn of events given his enormous popularity but since he died in 2013, his successor Nicholas Madura has not been able to enjoy the same popularity and the same connection with the poor that Hugo Chavez had.
Here in Sabaneta, there have been some protests against the government and there was an even attempt to pull down this statue of Hugo Chavez that was thwarted by the authorities. But really, the disturbances here have been minimal compared to what's been going on in the city of Barinas, the state capital down the road.
There, at the end of May, there were two days of absolute anarchy. Seven people died in the worst violence that's been seen in Venezuela since this latest round of unrest. The local man told me that 500 shops were looted and ransacked and there were scores of injuries as fighting spilled on to the streets between security forces and anti-government protesters.