Opinion

Trump threats to Venezuela evoke history of U.S. intervention in Latin America

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Protester throws tear gas bomb at members of the national guard. Photo: Reynaldo Riobueno/Shutterstock

Violence erupted at Venezuela’s borders with Colombia and Brazil over the delivery of humanitarian aid to Venezuela, killing four people and injuring 24 on February 22. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro that his “days are numbered,” and Trump officials reiterated that the U.S. is considering all alternatives, including military action, to address Venezuela’s crisis.

Almost 80 percent of Venezuelans disapprove of Mr. Maduro, who was reinstated for a second six-year term in January after an election widely seen as fraudulent. Since taking power in 2013, he has led Venezuela into a deep...

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