Elected leaders across the hemisphere gathered to condemn and possibly sanction a neighboring president who closed down independent media and harassed political opponents.
Venezuela? If only. That was Peru in 2000.
The actions of Peru’s former president Alberto Fujimori back then pale in comparison to the recent steps taken by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Partisan distribution of resources to local governments? Seizure of independent media critical of the government? The packing of the judicial system and the electoral commission with political supporters? In Venezuela those are so yesterday. All those things occurred in Venezuela under (President for Life, naturally) Hugo Chávez, with barely a peep from a regional community that once committed itself to the defense of representative democracy.
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