In Rampant Violent Crime, Political Danger for Chávez
Opposition Sees An Opening in Regional Elections
By Juan Forero
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, November 18, 2008; Page A16

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Three of Miriam Sánchez's sons had already been shot dead in neighborhoods where the crackle of gunfire is a nightly occurrence. So she feared the worst when word arrived one recent night that her 24-year-old son, José Luis Arias, had been shot.