Hugo Chavez: the view from Miami


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

4 thoughts on “Hugo Chavez: the view from Miami

  1. Nice clip to inform of the reactions. But, the written part is insulting to the Venezuelan community outside Venezuela. The reasons are a lot deeper than you portray in th earticle, begining the the fear for one’s life and passing through the indecent assault by the government to independent thinking, reporting and private enterprise, the destruction of institutions and the rule of law, and the possibility to save with the highest inflation in the hemisfere while sources of employment dissapper.

    • I agree with you fully, but felt it best to let Venezuelans make the point rather than a Canadian. My better half is from Caracas and is very familiar with the conditions at home. She was a victim of a “kidnap express” which was the last straw in her decision to leave her country.

  2. I am a Venezuelan living outside the country, and let me tell you that I completely agree with the written part. Could you living in Venezuela buy all the US currency you wanted? or Did you have to use the black market? Anyway I don’t see any insult in what this person is saying.

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