In this May 14, 2013 photo, a National Guard soldier stands guard on a street near a checkpoint that is part of the "Secure Homeland" initiative in Petare, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods of ... more 
In this May 14, 2013 photo, a National Guard soldier stands guard on a street near a checkpoint that is part of the "Secure Homeland" initiative in Petare, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods of Caracas, Venezuela. Dozens of military checkpoints have been set up in the most dangerous parts of Venezuela's capital, in the government's latest attempt to control the oil-rich country's pandemic of violence. Critics dismiss the "Secure Homeland" initiative as a political charade that risks degenerating into human rights abuses while having no lasting impact on crime. But to many residents, weary of being terrorized by armed gangs, seeing troops on the streets is a welcome projection of government power. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Ariana Cubillos
Fri, May 17, 2013 11:53 AM EDT