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    Backed Chavez for years. When you grow up knowing Latin America you'll accept almost anything to take on the poverty & right-wing cartels.

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    You grow up watching right wing crocodile tears over left govt actions, never mentioning what they did to Guatemala, Chile & so many others.

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    But nothing can justify what we've seen there, not just the authoritarianism but also the horrific economic mismanagement.

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    In my 20s I had mates who came back from Venezuela and said he was going mad. I was too lost in hero worship. Bit late now, but I was wrong.

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    Should've spotted the signs - the interminable TV broadcasts, the hero worship, the vilification of the opposition.

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    Was easy not to because of the attempted coup. His opponents, incl in Washington, weren't democrats. US rarely is when comes to L.America.

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    But still, signs were there and I wilfully ignored them. Chavez leads to Maduro. You can't disconnect them.

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    So I feel a bit guilty and a little ashamed seeing what's happening now.

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