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Nerves Frayed in Venezuela After Killings of Chávez Opponents

Venezuela was still reeling today after the weekend killings of three dissident soldiers and a protester opposed to President Hugo Chávez, and the police and grieving relatives split over whether the killings were politically motivated. According to police investigations, about 12 armed men kidnapped the four victims on Saturday night as they were leaving a protest. They were bound and gagged, and some were tortured before the gunmen executed them, the police said. The last two bodies, badly decomposed and showing signs of torture, were found on Tuesday on the outskirts of Caracas. The case has fueled opposition fears that Mr. Chávez may be leading the country toward armed struggle by encouraging supporters to silence dissenting voices, more than 10 months after narrowly surviving a coup led by rebel officers. Full Story

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