VENEZUELA: Brush with Death

Bound for Armed Forces Day ceremonies at Caracas' Military School, Venezuelan President Rómulo Betancourt rode through the city streets in the presidential limousine chatting to Defense Minister Josue Lopez Henríquez and Mrs. Henriquez, who were beside him. A onetime leftist grown moderate with the years, Betancourt came to power two years ago after the overthrow of the tyrant Marcos Pérez Jiménez, and devoutly hopes to symbolize an end to the traditional violence of oil-rich Venezuela. Chauffeur Azael Valero swung the black presidential car onto the Avenida de los Próceres near the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


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

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

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