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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - “Venezuela is not Ukraine,” quoth Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff recently, and in a technical sense, she’s certainly right. There is no secessionist movement in the provinces which are not controlled by the government, and there is no foreign power invading Venezuelan territory.

Yet there are certainly a few parallels, one of which is that the Venezuelan government has been killing demonstrators. Purposeful killings, done with intent by government troops or, more likely, the vigilante groups of private thugs hired by Chávez to keep order in places where the Army . . .

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