Venezuela: Repudiating Castro

Squads of steel-helmeted combat troops guarded every polling place, and an air force DC-3 droned low over Caracas with a loudspeaker broadcasting guarantees of safety to the voters. It was Election Day in Venezuela—the day that Castroite F.A.L.N. terrorists had promised to fill with violence. They proved themselves ineffectual.

A few bombs exploded around the city; at one point a sniper fired from a building, killing one man and wounding his wife. The troops quickly flushed him out, and the balloting went on. By nightfall 3 million Venezuelans, more than 90% of...

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