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Leftists like British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have long had warm words for Venezuela's chavistas. But as famine has racked the country and President Nicholás Maduro has turned dictatorial, those words are coming back to bite them.
Nearly 4,000 Venezuelans petitioned Spain for asylum last year, surpassing Ukrainians and Syrians. But in the absence of war in Venezuela, most of those applications will likely be rejected.
The Supreme Court's takeover of Venezuela's parliament and spillover from a dysfunctional economy are causing neighboring countries to speak up against its authoritarian moves.
President Nicolas Maduro has been uncharacteristically quiet about sanctions leveled against his vice president, posting nothing on Twitter, and leaving it to other officials to condemn the US. And no one has mentioned President Trump by name.
Venezuelans at home and abroad are bringing in outside supplies to counter worsening shortages of food, baby formula, and medicines.
Amid deepening economic crisis, Venezuelans are digging through trash, rioting, and looting in search of their next meal. More than 600 political and food-related protests took place nationwide in May.
The county has seen near-daily spontaneous protests in recent weeks over food shortages, rolling power blackouts, and poor access to running water.
Since taking control of the National Assembly for the first time in 16 years, the opposition has faced limits on its ability to pursue economic change. Now it's calling for President Maduro's removal from office.
Though the political opposition took a solid majority of seats in Venezuela's legislature, the ruling Socialists still hold onto many levers of power.
For the first time in more than 10 years, every major poll indicates the opposition could come out ahead in the Dec. 6 legislative vote.
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