Local Venezuelans concerned for loved ones back home

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Some are calling it a possible coup in Venezuela. This week thousands of protestors flooded the streets of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas in the worst unrest there since a new president took office last year.

It began as a peaceful youth day march Wednesday in Caracas with some 10,000 college students carrying signs denouncing the nation's crime, corruption and failing economy.  It then turned deadly when government forces opened fire, killing 3 protestors and injuring dozens more.  Among those wounded, Carolaine Peroza's brother who was shot in the leg.

"They were just marching, just trying to speak for themselves," said Peroza.  "They just want peace in their country."

The march was the latest in a series of anti-government demonstrations throughout Venezuela in which protesters have demanded the resignation of President Madura.  The country has the highest inflation rate in that region and one of the highest murder rates in the world.  In the past decade, the homicide rate has quadrupled.

UMSL student Irving Corrales says his family lives in Caracas and is now terrified to leave their home.

"They bought some supplies to stay inside because they don't want to be a part of the protest because there's too much violence going on outside." said Corrales.   "For the first time in a couple of years the protests have gotten really close to my house."

President Madura claims that opponents are seeking to create conditions similar to a 2002 coup against then President Chavez.  But both Peroza and Corrales say the government has left citizens in Venezuela living in fear.

"I even myself am scared to speak here because my family is there.  I'm safe here but they are not," said Peroza

Venezuelans living in St. Louis will hold a peaceful rally Sunday at 2 p.m. on the Arch grounds to show support for their loved ones back home.

12 comments

  • George W. Money

    Great article and Melanie you looked great on TV! Wooooo! Thanks for the short skirt to warm all of us up!!!!!! We needed that!!!!!!

  • byebyetheclown

    Emerging market economies are in turmoil right now cause the Liquidity the Fed has created around the world with cheap money. Dont worry Folks These Protests will be coming here in the USA in the next 20 years. The left and Right have destroyed this country and the PRIVATE federal Reserve is full speed ahead with the Printing Press. Venezuela has the Highest inflation rate for a reason. Its because of the Cheap Money. Austerity is already here if you havent noticed the Food Prices skyrocketing over the last 5 years. The Portions also get smaller and smaller. ITs a race to the bottom on the currency markets thats why you see more unrest around the world and News sites like this and other News sites spin them as Coups. It doesnt matter though Liberal loons like byebyetotherite dont care about Drones or corruption and obama spending almost 5 trillion dollars or the NSA spying on everything you do.

  • Robert Chango

    What i’m trying to say is that not everything in Venezuela is because of printing, big part is because the government keeps this fake rates that are causing so much problem.

  • byebyetheclown

    Again you have no idea what you are talking about. You clearly are not educated on the subject of economics.

    I know this might hurt your tiny brain but google this story instead of arguing about your feelings.

    Contagion Spreads in Emerging Markets as Crises Grow

    • Robert Chango

      I was just saying that part of the problem is whats going on and not only about the printing but silly of me to believe that some selfabsord selfish republicans would listen and consider other points that are no theirs. And yes, i didnt study politics, too busy getting my post in geophysics. By the way, GO Hillary!

  • Steven Sweeney

    Good points..Thought chavez being gone would help your country, but it sounds like Maduro is in bed with the black market..our media here has had very little coverage of this, and thanks to your peoples protests, you are getting the attention you deserve..You explained much more clearly this time around, and I sincerely hope others will read this post and inspire some good changes in your country,,again, I think people here just assumed with Chavez gone things would improve, and sadly, that’s not the case..keep getting the word out!

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