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MSU Student Fears For Family In Venezuela

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(WLNS) - In Venezuela, clashes between protestors and police have caused six deaths so far.

6 News spoke with a Michigan State University faculty member who grew up there and has family in the midst of everything.

When Eduardo Olivo grew up in Caracas, Venezuela's capital, for the first 25 years of his life he felt safe.

"Caracas was a vibrant place, it was a place of opportunity," said Eduardo Olivo, from Venezuela.

In the past 15 years Olivo says it's become one of the most violent cities in the world where people feel bogged down by dictatorship and supermarkets don't have enough food.

"The repression that exists in Venezuela is unparalleled and the world needs to know that."

That's why Venezuelans have taken to the streets in the past month both peacefully and agressively.

"Right now with the Maduro regime I think things have gotten really worse because people are just fed up," said Olivo.

And Maduro's regime is taking action in return.

"In Venezuela people are being killed, right now."

Police are cracking down on protesters using tear gas and firing shots.

All this scares Olivo because while he is in East Lansing, his family is in Venezuela.

"They're out there marching right now, they're walking the streets of Caracus and they don't know what's going to happen to them as they do this," says Olivo.

Olivo's brother and cousin are fighting with the protesters against the dictatorship. His uncle is a well-known journalist and voice against the regime.

"I wish i could be there. Absolutely."

Olivo goes so far as to call it something like genocide in Venezuela. He's scared, but also proud of his family for standing up for what they believe.

By Sari Soffer, 6 News Intern

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