April 22, 2014

Venezuela's Killer Elite

Marcel Ventura, The Daily Beast

The Associated Press

For almost six weeks, from February 12 to March 24, there was about one death a day in anti-government demonstrations, 39 people killed altogether. In the four weeks since, two more have died. The military is encouraging the public to turn the page, as if all the deaths were somehow accidental; as if those responsible will be punished; as if Venezuela’s massive economic and political problems are on their way to being solved. But, of course, none of those propositions is true.

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TAGGED: Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro


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