Venezuelan Independence Day

Today in 1811 the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela declared independence and adopted Francisco de Miranda‘s tricolor of yellow, blue, and red.  The flag has undergone many changes in its 105 year history, most recently in 2006 when Hugo Chavez added an eighth star for the province of Guayana and changed the horse in the coat of arms to face left (toward the hoist), but the tricolor — now shared with Colombia and Equador — has prevailed.

This year’s Independence Day comes at a very difficult time of economic and political turmoil for Venezuela.  But the celebrations went on.  Here is a sample of what got posted to Instagram under hashtag #5dejulio.

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