DORAL (CBSMiami) – South Florida’s Venezuelan population took to their local restaurants and bars to discuss the death of their controversial leader Tuesday night.
In Miami-Dade, hundreds gathered in Doral. Crowds sang “he’s gone” and waved Venezuelan flags outside El Arepazo 2, a popular Venezuelan Restaurant.
The crowds started arriving soon after the death of Hugo Chavez was announced Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s a new beginning. It’s a new start,” said Pastor Ricky Fernandez who moved to the U.S. from Venezuela when he was four years old.
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“I’m happy because for the first time in the last 13 years we have a window of hope,” said Erika Flores.
Many expressed hope for the future, including Doral Mayor Luigi Boria who left Venezuela in 1989 but still has family there.
“We have to call for the people to join together to reunite themselves and start calling for the…
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