Despite International Support, Venezuela’s Opposition Is Beginning to Unravel

Supporters of the Venezuelan government hold pictures of opposition lawmakers during a march, Caracas, Venezuela, Sept. 11, 2017 (AP photo by Ariana Cubillos).
Supporters of the Venezuelan government hold pictures of opposition lawmakers during a march, Caracas, Venezuela, Sept. 11, 2017 (AP photo by Ariana Cubillos).
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The Venezuelan opposition almost had a moment to rejoice last week. On Thursday, the European Parliament awarded one of the world’s most prestigious human rights prizes, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, to the “democratic opposition in Venezuela.” All the declarations of support and the standing ovations, however, were drowned out by the reality on the ground in Venezuela, where the temporarily united pro-democracy coalition has started unraveling. The renewed turbulence among the forces fighting the relentless usurpation of power by President Nicolas Maduro and his United Socialist Party of Venezuela, or PSUV, comes as one more piece of […]

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