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How Maduro Is Using COVID-19 to Silence His Opponents Even Further

July 21, 2020

The spread of the coronavirus in Venezuela – where health experts are now bracing for exponential growth in the country’s caseload – has had a dangerous side effect: an escalation in government repression At the Center for Justice and Peace (CEPAZ), a Venezuela-based human rights NGO, we have documented an increase in patterns of harassment beginning in March, with tactics ranging from raids on private property and arbitrary detention to media smear campaigns and acquiescence to acts of violence against opposition political leaders All are designed to spread fear and help President...

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