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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Turning His Back on the Indigenous Peoples He Once Championed

    It was a Friday in early July when Venezuelan authorities reportedly barged into the Caracas apartment of Ana Maria Abreu, a doctor who had been working in the presidential palace under Chávez since 2000. She was accused of leaking political or military state secrets, although little more is known. According to her attorney, Dr. Abreu, whose brother-in-law is an antigovernment activist, was arrested without a proper order, and for two days was kept from calling relatives or lawyers. Nearly a month later, she was still being detained in the headquarters of the country’s Bolivarian National Intelligence Service while her case worked its way toward a Venezuelan court.



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