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Venezuelan Torontonians cast referendum votes

It’s been a year since seven-year-old Guellermo Gonzalez’s family left their home in Venezuela for a new life in Toronto — and his parents’ reasoning, to him, was simple. “Because they’re killing people,” he said.The family was among thousands of Venezualan ex-pats in Toronto who turned out on Sunday to participate in what some called an act of civil disobedience — an unofficial global referendum.Back in Venezuela, 90 people are believed dead and 1,500 have been injured since late March in protests against the government of embattled President Nicolas Maduro. Since 2014, the country has been in a declining state of political and economic upheaval. Now, in what his adversaries call a shift to dictatorship, Maduro is pushing to re-write their constitution. Article Continued BelowToronto was among 500 cities worldwide and 17 in Canada to vote in the referendum. The ballot urged the Venezuelan government to consult with its people and abide by its constitution.Read more:Venezuelan opposition mounts protest vote against president’s plan to rewrite constitutionWhile the outcome isn’t legally binding, voters hope it will add pressure to the Venezuelan government.

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