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Deporting immigrants at rifle point, reigniting long-settled claims to a neighbor’s oil reserves, sending soldiers instead of groceries to depleted supermarkets — just when you’d think Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro could go no further to turn his country into an outlaw state, the leader of the Bolivarian Republic has trumped himself — criminalizing dissent.

On Sept. 10, a circuit court condemned Leopoldo Lopez, the Maduro regime’s most charismatic critic, to nearly 14 years imprisonment for inciting violence during last year’s street demonstrations.

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