Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has rallied thousands of supporters in Caracas on the 14th anniversary of a failed coup attempt he led.

His supporters marched through parts of the capital Saturday, while thousands of counter-demonstrators protested what they said was Mr. Chavez's authoritarian rule.

The Associated Press reports Mr. Chavez also told the crowd that if any president resembled Adolf Hitler, it was George Bush.

He was responding to remarks by U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who compared Mr. Chavez to Adolf Hitler, because, he said, both had been elected legally and then consolidated power. Mr. Rumsfeld spoke Thursday, when asked if he was concerned about left-wing populist leaders coming to power in the hemisphere.

In Cuba Friday, Mr. Chavez said the U.S. was right to worry about a trend that he said means the end of what he called the U.S. empire.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.