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Local Venezuelans react to the death of Hugo Chavez

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

A brighter future and change!

That's what many native Venezuelans living here in the Houston area are hoping for  tonight after the death of President Hugo Chavez.

Everyone we spoke with agreed they don't wish death upon anyone, however, most were quick to admit the passing of Chavez could be a good thing for Venezuela after the last 14 years of what they call a "destructive administration."

"The country is divided, you know, half is with him, they follow him and some of them are not," said Belen Magdaniel. She's of the owners at Deli's Cafe and says it seems everyone is talking about change and the future of her home country after President Chavez lost his battle to cancer.

"My condolences to his family because he's another human being, but in the meantime, I feel a little bit more rest," said Joseph Criollo owner of Pastelitos Cafe and Bakery, another popular Venezuelan restaurant.

An opportunity and business that many say would never have been possible under the direction of Chavez.

"Any, any government office and you were looking for a job. They search your name, your identification number and they say, oh you signed against the president so you can't get a job."

That's the way the country operates said native Giser Pineda who also mentioned feeling like Chavez was elected into office by manipulating the people.

"He had the money and the people and the government take control of the oil, and they put the money in their pocket,s and they tried to pretend they are good guys," said Criollo.

Locals claim the presidency was based on hatred and that Chavez would pit the poor against the rich which would often lead to violence even death.

"We should not wish death upon anybody, but in my opinion, the country will be better off."

And many hope for real change, since most still have family in their home country.

A country's that's now in a position to rebuild.

"We have to remove the hatred that he taught everybody," said Pineda.

Criollo added, "Things like that don't end overnight. There has to be transition. There has to be transition in leadership and someone who takes control."

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