BARCELONA, Spain | Venezuelans abroad anxiously watch events unfolding at home

BARCELONA, Spain | Venezuelans abroad anxiously watch events unfolding at home

BARCELONA, Spain —Jan 27, 2019— When Maria Eugenia Pirona moved from Venezuela to Spain over six months ago she had lost hope that things would get better in her homeland. A lawyer and former civil servant, Pirona had seen her comfortable life ruined by the deepening political and economic strife.

Her pension was cut and, as with many Venezuelans, hyperinflation made her savings worthless. And after she was attacked by a group of thugs aligned with the Socialist government for her opposition to the governments led by Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro, she decided that moving was the only choice.

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