VENEZUELA: Spate of Insurrections

A string of angry little insurrections—some of them with the support of dissidents in the armed forces—flared across Venezuela last week. They were speedily quenched by Colonel Marcos Pérez Jiménez and his ruling military junta. The timing and dispersion suggested that a projected nationwide revolt had exploded prematurely. The uprisings:

¶ At Turén, western Venezuela agricultural colony, armed civilians attacked a National Guard post. Repelling the charge, Guardsmen killed one rebel. In nearby Villa Bruzual, civilian revolters captured the National Guard prefecture, but the Guard retook it, killing four.

¶ At Boca del Rio air force base, 40 miles west...

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