VENEZUELA: Surprise for the Junta

As the army officers who rule Venezuela had planned it, last week's election was supposed to be a polite show of public approval, making the country look democratic enough to be a suave, suitable host at the tenth Inter-American Conference of nations next year. Instead, the military junta suffered a stunning defeat—then gave an amazing demonstration of how to break promises, kick democracy in the teeth, and cling to power by force.

The election was called to select a congress which would write Venezuela a new constitution and choose a President. To insure victory, the junta months ago planted a...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!