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Gas prices rise as protests heat up in Venezuela

5:43 PM, Feb 24, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER - According to an expert Coloradans are paying more at the pump because of civil unrest in Venezuela. But the high gas prices may be temporary.

Gun shots rang out on a cell phone video taken by a civilian in Venezuela as a photographer dodged fire from an unknown source.

Telemundo anchor Carlos Rausseo shared the video with 9NEWS, shedding light on the impact of the revolt against Venezuelan president, Nicholas Maduro, on Americans.

"We've been seeing videos of the (Venezuelan) National Guard shooting tear gas into the apartment buildings, inside the apartments, where you don't know if there are kids, older people," Rausseo said.

While Venezuelans are feeling the pain of anti-government protests in Colorado consumers are experiencing life with limited access to the country's oil reserves.

Ally Murphy of Englewood said, "It's really bad. I've started taking the light rail everywhere. I don't drive unless I have to. It's so expensive."

Bob Knudsen of Loveland said, "I drive a lot. I drive typically 3-400 miles a week...from Loveland to Denver almost every day. So I definitely noticed the spike."

However, high gas prices could be short term if protests are quelled.

Metro State University's Dr. Mohammed Akacem said Venezuelans can't live without their oil dollars.

"The last thing they want to do is jeopardize their oil revenue, it's sacred," he said.

(Written by Summer Nettles)

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