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President and Mrs. Kennedy arrive in Venezuela

Dec. 16, 1961 - President Kennedy arrived in Caracas, Venezuela today and received a cheering welcome. He issued a call for the “elimination of all tyranny” from South America. Mr. Kennedy drove into Caracas from Maiquita Airport after his arrival from San Juan, Puerto Rico, along roads lined with steel-helmeted soldiers whose bayoneted rifles were pointed at the welcoming crowd. The strict security measures were taken by the Venezuelan Government to avoid the possibility of a repetition of the incident in 1958, when Vice President Richard M. Nixon was attacked by a mob. President Kennedy was not the only one to be acclaimed by the Venezuelans. In an appearance as an agrarian reform project at La Morita, Mrs. Kennedy received an ovation when she spoke to the crowd in nearly perfect Spanish.

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