On January 23, 1958, the Venezuelan people rebelled against military dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez. He had ruled the country for a decade, and although the repression of his regime was mild in comparison with that of later Latin American tyrants, Venezuelans longed for freedom. So they revolted, and they prevailed: A mass democratic uprising supported by key elements in the army removed Jiménez from power. After hurriedly packing their bags, he and his wife fled to Miami. Venezuela’s democratic experiment was inaugurated after Jiménez’s departure.
But Venezuelan democracy would not prove immortal, and now — a full six decades after the …
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