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Venezuelans in US hopeful of change

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DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Venezuelans in the U.S. cheered and expressed cautious optimism that new elections will bring change to their homeland after the death of President Hugo Chavez.

“My hope is that Venezuela will become a free country once again,” said Elizabeth Gonazalez, 52, who wore a smiley face sticker on her sweater with the words, “Venezuela without Chavez.”

A jubilant celebration broke out in the Miami suburb of Doral late Tuesday after word spread of the death of the 58-year-old leftist. Many dressed in caps and T-shirts in Venezuela’s colors of yellow, blue and red.

“He’s gone!” dozens in the largely anti-Chavez community chanted.

Chavez, though cancer-stricken in recent years, had led the oil-rich Latin American nation for nearly 14 years while espousing a fiery brand of socialism and bickering with a succession of U.S. governments over what he called Washington’s hegemony in the region. Venezuela’s foreign minister said Vice President Nicolas Maduro would step in as interim president and elections would be called within 30 days.

Many in Florida’s large Venezuelan community and other such pockets around the U.S. are stridently anti-Chavez and had fled their home country in response to the policies his government instituted. An estimated 189,219 Venezuelan immigrants live in the United States, according to U.S. Census figures.

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  1. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    March 7th, 2013

    Maybe that spirit will carry over into Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador and the other countries Chavez induced into socialism.

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  2. mcfartus

    March 7th, 2013

    at least they can wear headphones again.. Boobie, u forgot the USA

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  3. Anonymous

    March 7th, 2013

    His last words were: ‘I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die’


    Look at the leftist douchebag comment from “Palloka” about Chavez improving healthcare,no doubt an 0bamavoter

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  4. Diann

    March 7th, 2013

    I have a good friend from graduate school who is from Venezuela. She and I were at Carnegie Mellon back in 1999 when Chavez became President. When she and her husband returned home, they were part of the massive street demonstrations against Chavez.

    I contacted her the day Hugo moved to the wrong side of the grass, and she is hopeful that with him gone, Venezuela can change

    Unlike Sean Penn and Oliver Stone and the entire editorial staff of HuffPo, my friend despised Chavez. And, given the fact that she lived under his tyranny for 13 years, I trust her far more than the idiots here in the states who worshiped him.

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  5. well now

    March 7th, 2013

    15 years ago, I lived with an italian who immigrated from Italy to Venezuela with his family and he later left them and moved to the US. Legally!
    All the property and money he had in banks in Venezuela was nationalized as was all property and businesses owned by his family who were still there. They lost everything overnight and he was constantly wiring money to them just so they could eat.

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  6. Barky

    March 7th, 2013

    “He’s gone”

    Now will you go home?

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