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I don't really understand it, but this seems to be a characteristic of Venezuela's politics. Chavez was quite restrained after the previous coup, and Chavez himself seems to have been handled lightly after his own coup.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 01:30:46 PM EST
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Chavez is not a dictator. Maduro is not a dictator.
The end.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 01:41:33 PM EST
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What about Carlos Andrés Pérez? Was he a dictator or not?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 01:52:05 PM EST
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Only if Carlos Andrés Pérez is spelled Chavez or Maduro.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 02:54:02 PM EST
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Worse. He was a neo-liberal.
by pelgus on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 03:15:54 PM EST
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My guess is that every side is trying to avoid repeating the caracazo. Partly because the lesson from that was that mayhem and massacres never stabilize a situation, partly because they don't want to be seen as the regime that killed it's own people.

So, at least at the top they treat each other with some decency and moderation. And mostly on the ground level, too. Of course in the crowds there are always testoterone-filled idiots too young to remember bodies on the streets 30 years ago. Or people paid to cause trouble.

by pelgus on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 01:49:51 PM EST
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