Conflict in Venezuela hits home for Chicago community

While Ukraine demonstrations have captivated international headlines, closer to the U.S. four weeks of protests have gone virtually unnoticed in the South American country of Venezuela where politics reaching a boiling point.

Some Chicago residents with family in Venezuela are watching the developments closely, as part of the country fights to oust the president and his socialist government.

23-year-old Venezuelan David Nunez is feeling the effects of whats happening back home.  The Colombia College student says his country’s government sent him an email letting him know he wont have access to any of his money.  That includes $33,000 dollars he was planning to use to pay tuition and survive.  It is now basically frozen by the Venezuelan government.

With Venezuela having tight control over its currency, the film student says he has no options.  His Visa doesnt allow him to work in the U.S so he’s relying on the generosity of others.

David is not alone.  Kaplan International College has at least 23 students from Venezuela studying in Chicago.  They are waiting to find out if they’ll have access to their money to pay tuition and live.

A rally is planned here in Chicago for Saturday March 15th along Michigan Avenue.

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