Quico says: Nobody could be surprised by Chávez’s decision to jail the man who, more than any other, saved his skin in the 2002 coup. The arrest of retired general Raul Baduel marks just one more signpost along the road to the criminalization of dissent. Venezuelans now live under a government that, while it has not quite made it illegal to oppose it yet, is plainly determined to show that trying to lead the opposition to it is liable to land you in jail.
With Baduel behind bars and Rosales enconchao, would you want to be the next to stick out your neck and say “yes, I’ll lead the movement against this nonsense”? Would you?!
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