Hudson Valley residents with ties to Venezuela worry for loved ones

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NEW ROCHELLE -

People in the Hudson Valley who have loved ones in Venezuela are closely monitoring the unfolding political crisis there.

Embattled President Nicolas Maduro is facing an uprising led by opposition leader Juan Guaido. As the two fight for control, and with more protests expected this weekend, many in the Hudson Valley are worried for the loved ones.

Inside the popular Arepa Mania on North Avenue in New Rochelle, locals with Venezuelan ties can't help but talk about bloodshed on the streets. At least five people have died amid the unrest in Venezuela, including a 14-year-old boy.

Owner Rehny Vasquez says he's been speaking with family about the chaos, the economic crisis, widespread hunger and food shortages.

The White House is keeping a close watch on the battle over presidential power in Venezuela. Officials say the U.S., which supports Guaido, could take military action to oust Maduro if necessary.

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