VENEZUELA: Red Surge

Earnest, persuasive Communist organizers spread out through Caracas slums last week while Red intellectuals addressed classrooms and civic clubs. Their aims: trebling party membership, raising a $150,000 fund to finance party newspapers, and running an intensive "educational, political and ideological campaign among the Venezuelan masses." At a round-table meeting in Caracas, Communist Boss Gustavo Machado sat down cheerily with the leaders of Venezuela's four other parties. His aim: to get an important hand in naming a single unity candidate for President in the November election. Pouring into the political vacuum left...

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