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The Venezuelan Diaspora's Role in Confronting Maduro

July 21, 2017

On Sunday, July 16 more than 7 million Venezuelans – at home and abroad – participated in a symbolic referendum against the constitutional convention proposed by President Nicolsás Maduro. I was one of the votes from abroad. Besides casting my ballot, I also volunteered to accompany observers witnessing the process in New York City. We started by visiting the voting centers in Manhattan, where turnout was predictably high. The borough has been a focal point for the Venezuelan diaspora, with regular demonstrations against the Maduro regime. But when we got to Queens, I saw lines that went...

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