Dimming Christmas lights reflect Venezuela’s grim crisis

  • AP Photo/Fernando Llano In this Dec. 22 photo, a Catholic volunteer group plays Venezuelan Christmas carols in downtown Caracas, Venezuela.

  • AP Photo/Fernando Llano In this photo Dec. 22 photo, young men chat near a Nativity scene that decorates Altamira square in Caracas, Venezuela.

  • AP Photo/Fernando Llano In this Dec. 22 photo, a group from the Mormon community sing Christmas carols at Venezuela square in Caracas, Venezuela.

CARACAS, Venezuela — Marilyn Pitre recalls taking her family on evening strolls at Christmas time through Altamira Plaza in Venezuela’s capital, soaking up the dazzling lights and giant tree made of light bulbs in a display that once drew comparisons to New York City’s Rockefeller Center.

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