Op-Ed

Crisis in Venezuela leads to dangerous witch hunts in South Florida

Venezuelan restaurateur Levin de Grazia was mistakenly harassed as Chavista operative.
Venezuelan restaurateur Levin de Grazia was mistakenly harassed as Chavista operative. wlrn.org

On the night of May 12, a group of Venezuelan expats gathered in front of the house of former Venezuelan judge Dayva Soto in Weston. They screamed insults at her in Spanish.

“We’ll force you out of Weston,” they shouted. “You’ll never be able to sleep here again.”

Most Venezuelan expats are bitter foes of Venezuela’s socialist government. Social media had identified Soto as the judge who sent popular Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López to prison three years ago. So the exiles considered Soto fair game for public shame and harassment.

But there was just one, really big problem.

As you can hear Soto say on video of the confrontation posted on YouTube, the expats had información falsa. False information. Soto was a judge. But not the judge who jailed López.

To read the entire column, click here. Find the audio of this piece at wlrn.org.

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