By News 13 Florida | February 27, 2018 @6:01 PM
As a presidential election in Venezuela fast approaches, Venezuelans leading the charge for change are calling for help to solve the ongoing crisis in the South American country.
- Venezuelans in Central Florida calling for change in Venezuela
- Casa Venezuela in Orlando calls for humanitarian intervention
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On Tuesday morning in Orange County’s Library Downtown Orlando branch, the group met with Venezuelans living in Orlando to discuss options to remove current President Nicolas Maduro’s regime.
«This is the first time in history that we’re emigrating massive to other countries. That’s why it’s kind of humanitarian because in the border line with Brazil and Colombia we have a lot of Venezuelan refugees,» said Admiral Carlos Molina Tamayo, Former National Security Advisor for Hugo Chávez.
During Tuesday’s discussion, Molina Tamayo was joined by Colonel Julio Rodriguez from the military forces on exile and Venezuelan businessman Mr. Jean Pierre Jovet to discuss the most pressing questions in the Venezuela’s crisis debate.
Thousands have been abandoning Venezuela and moving all over the world seeking a better life.
“They’re leaving Venezuela because there’s no food, there’s crime, no medical supplies, no freedom, no basic human rights,” stated William Diaz, founder of Casa Venezuela in Orlando and organizer of Tuesday’s discussion.
Diaz’s organization supports Venezuelans living in Central Florida and the families that continue to arrive. It’s why organizing this special meeting in Orlando was so important.
«And now we’re trying to get back organized because we’re a little bit spread around on the world and try to get organized and start forming the groups that will return to Venezuela to help for that recovery,» said Jovet.
The group is asking for a humanitarian intervention supported by democratic countries around the world, including the U.S.
Meanwhile, despite much controversy, Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 22, where current president Nicolas Maduro will run once again.