Exiles converge at embassies and consulates around the world to throw their weight behind the attempt to oust Nicols Maduro
The sun had not yet risen over Mexico City when the mobile phones of thousands of exiled Venezuelans began buzzing with news of an uprising back home.
I woke up to a hundred-and-something messages, said Carlos Beck, a 60-year-old from Maracaibo who was one of scores of exiles who flocked to their embassy on Tuesday to throw their weight behind the thunderbolt attempt to drive Nicols Maduro from power. It was such a pleasant surprise.
As news spread that a push to unseat Maduro was underway, hundreds of demonstrators converged on the building and other Venezuelan embassies and consulates around the world with placards demanding change and newly rekindled dreams of returning home.
I am totally convinced that today is the day, said Yoraco Falcn, a 30-year-old Uber driver who abandoned Venezuela with his young family last August because of its economic collapse and now saw a chance of returning home.
More than three million Venezuelans have fled their country since 2015, driven by hyperinflation, food and medicine shortages, and violence. On Tuesday, some of them hoped they could return home.
We miss Venezuela. We love Venezuela, added Falcn who had come to the rally with his two-year-old son, Ethan, and a banner that said: Get fucked, Maduro.
As soon as Maduros government falls, so many of us will go straight back I want my son to grow up in Venezuela just like I did, Falcn said.
Oriette Ledezma, the step daughter of a prominent exiled opposition leader called Antonio Ledezma, was also among the crowds and was similarly convinced that the launch of Juan Guaids Operation Freedom meant Maduro was on his way out.
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