Crackdown Weakens Divided Venezuela Opposition as Election Looms

December 9, 2014 5:21 AM

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Crackdown Weakens Divided Venezuela Opposition as Election Looms

Here’s the kind of a year it’s been for Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado: She’s been assaulted by pro-government militants, banned from leaving the country, kicked out of Congress -- and last week charged with conspiring to kill President Nicolas Maduro.

Machado’s difficulties symbolize a crackdown that is weakening an already divided opposition, reducing its ability to capitalize on popular discontent building over the fastest inflation in the world, shortages ranging from meat to medicine and the repression itself.

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