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In an age when thuggery is global, Beijing has leverage in Caracas

By Lisa Van Dusen      

Venezuela's debt to China means the Asian power could help to secure peace in that county, if it chose.

A group of millennials with rudimentary helmets and shields defended protesters from police forces during a May 13 demonstration, according to a description provided by Nelson Dordelly Rosales, who is an academic and is critical of the Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro government.
Photograph courtesy of Nelson Dordelly Rosales

As with so many political developments these days, the most obvious comparison with what unfolded in Caracas in the early moments of Aug. 1 wasn’t a historical precedent or a concurrent outrage in a different country; it was fictional. In this case, Costa-Gavras films dramatizing state thuggery. The scenes of opposition leaders Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma being physically removed from their homes by Venezuela’s Sebin intelligence service (Sebin is the acronym for Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia Nacional, a remnant of

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