A New Tyrant in Venezuela?
By Harold Hutchison
Nicolas Maduro, former bus driver turned Chavez stooge turned dictator of Venezuela, appears to be becoming a tyrant in his own right. According to multiple media reports, the new dictator has been jailing businessmen on charges of speculation.
"We have more than 100 of the bourgeoisie behind bars at the moment," Maduro said as he also announced intentions to pass a law limiting businesses to a 15-30% profit. The sweep and measures come as Venezuela suffers from the highest inflation in the Americas, with an official inflation rate of 54%.
Maduro is also seeking the right to rule by decree, something Hugo Chavez sought several times while in power. One opposition journalist compares his actions to those of Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe.