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Local Venezuelan native supports strike over government policies

Posted at 4:57 PM, Aug 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-21 14:46:29-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Thousands living in Venezuela continue to leave the country while others are part of a nationwide strike to oppose the latest government moves.

President Nicolas Maduro announced changes to the country's currency last week. The new bills rolled out yesterday.

Maduro devalued the former currency, raised the minimum wage, and linked prices to a crypto-currency called "Petro."

The uncertainty has prompted some businesses to go on strike and rally against the government.

A Tallahassee woman who left Venezuela in the 70's, said she supports the strike.

 "We have to take this government out. They are robbing. The people are starving, starving like in Biafra. They are comparing us now, Venezuela have to be so rich country, with Zimbabwe, with Africa," said Vivian Alcantara Marrone. "Things that hurt my heart, but more hurt when you see your own people try to liberate Venezuela, and they kill us with guns."

The country's issues have led to mass migration. Peru and Ecuador have tightened their entry requirements, while Brazil and Colombia continue to receive migrants.