Many things have been written about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez since his death on Tuesday. Some of it has been laudatory, claiming he was a man of the poor. some has illustrated him as a tyrant who gave the Venezuelan people’s money to terrorist groups around the world.
The short video below shows an example of the reaction from ex-pat Venezuelans attending the baseball game in Miami between the Marlins and the Venezuelan National team in preparation for the World Baseball Classic. These people left the country, as did many, to escape Chavez’ currency controls and draconian administration and find a new life in the US where they feel safe and are free to spend their money as they please. They don’t have to worry about buying US dollars on the black market every time they want to go on vacation.
Now we can let go of an era that was killing us, was holding us back. Venezuela has so much potential.
– Miguel Penagos of West Palm Beach, Florida