VENEZUELA: Blood in the Street

In' the short, optimistic months of Venezuela's Action Democrdtica government, bright young (31) Leonardo Ruiz Pineda was a cabinet minister. In the same period, tough Pedro Estrada was a small-time detective, spying for various Caribbean dictators. The overthrow of the legally elected A.D. regime by a military junta in November 1948 changed the course of both men's lives.

Ruiz Pineda escaped from a junta prison after five months. Finding himself the ranking leader of the outlawed party, he went underground. Cool-headed Ruiz Pineda seemed to thrive on his dangerous life, moving around Caracas at night, seldom sleeping two days in...

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