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Monday, July 17, 2017

Venezuelans in Toronto vote in referendum as they worry about family back home


It’s been a year since seven-year-old Guellermo Gonzalez’s family left their home in Venezuela for a new life in Toronto — and his parents’ reasoning, to him, was simple. “Because they’re killing people,” he said. The family was among thousands of Venezualan ex-pats in Toronto who turned out on Sunday to participate in what some called an act of civil disobedience — an unofficial global referendum. Back in Venezuela, 90 people are believed dead and 1,500 have been injured since late March in protests against the government of embattled President Nicolas Maduro. Since 2014, the country has been in a declining state of political and economic upheaval. Now, in what his adversaries call a shift to dictatorship, Maduro is pushing to re-write their constitution. More…

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