CARACAS, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of Venezuelans marched in the capital on Saturday to show their support for President Hugo Chavez, who is seeking another six-year term in the October vote.
Banners, flags and even the president's big pictures were waved highly by his red-shirt supporters, among them dozens of people in wheelchairs were following the parade at the Venezuelan Square.
The crowd chanted slogans wishing for Chavez's election victory through the downtown streets toward Plaza O'leary, saying they were defending the government's projects of home building and cash payments to the poor.
Although Chavez did not show up in the event, he expressed appreciation and proud-feelings about the social missions to his supporters via Twitter.
Chavez will be challenged by Henrique Capriles, a 40-year-old Miranda state governor in the Oct. 7 poll.
On Friday, Chavez, who was leading in opinion polls, warned the opposition would cry foul and try to destabilize the country when the results come out.
Chavez, the 58-year-old former paratrooper, who has undergone three cancer surgeries since June 2011, has the support of the country's poor majority, because of his social missions to help the grassroots.