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Venezuela: trouble in a socialist paradise

March 23rd, 2014

Episode 7 of 137 episodes

For 15 years Venezuelan politics was dominated by the figure of Hugo Chavez. He transformed the nation into a socialist state, introducing free education, health care and dramatically reduced poverty. Yet less than a year after his death, violent demonstrations have engulfed the streets of the oil rich nation. The protesters demanding greater security, economic reform and more say in how the country is run. So what’s gone wrong in Venezuela?

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