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28 April 2009

What Chávez Has Wrought

from National Review by Duncan Currie

The authoritarian socialist has brought Venezuela food shortages and massive inflation. In December 2007, a group of paramilitary fighters armed with machine guns ransacked and vandalized a farm in northwest Venezuela.

It was not the first time that government-backed thugs had paid a visit to this property. The owner of the farm, Diego Arria, is a prominent opponent of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez, the radical leftist. “It was a strong message,” Arria says of the December 2007 attack. (He was not at the farm when it occurred.)

“The government has a lot of groups like that.”

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