In Miami, Venezuelans demonstrate in support of students back home

 
 
Hundreds of Venezuelans in Miami gathered on Sunday at the Torch of Friendship to show their support for opposition students back home who are clashing with the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
Hundreds of Venezuelans in Miami gathered on Sunday at the Torch of Friendship to show their support for opposition students back home who are clashing with the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
Helena Poleo / Courtesy

Hundreds of South Florida Venezuelans staged a demonstration in downtown Miami Sunday in support of opposition students in their country who in recent days have clashed with the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Up to 700 Venezuelans gathered at the Torch of Friendship at Bayfront Park, many carrying flags and placards denouncing the Maduro government.

According to news reports, as many as three Venezuelans, two of them students, have been killed during the clashes. Scores of others have been injured. After five days of clashes, Maduro has banned street demonstrations and refused the students demand that he step down.

Alejandro Feniche, 43, who has lived in Miami for the past 20 years, was among those who took part in the demonstration.

“People were there to say Venezuela I love you and I'm with you,” he said of the protest.

Jose Machado, 26, a Miami Dade College student born in Caracas, was there to show solidarity with the students.

“I went to the protest because I'm a student and I identify with what young people in my country are going through,” he said. “Venezuelans have already gone through so much and it's a shame that this is happening.”

Social media has been chronicling the demonstrations as Venezuelans outside the country are trying to attract international attention on the attacks on the students.

El Nuevo Herald staffer Daysi Calavia-Lopez contributed to this report.

Read more Miami-Dade stories from the Miami Herald

  •  
A sign stands at 1448 NW 103rd St. in Miami to let passers-by know the government demolished the house even though the owner was on active military duty.

    Miami-Dade County

    Miami-Dade demolished active-duty soldier’s home

    A federal judge ruled last week that the county should have delayed building-code violation proceedings against the soldier when he asked for a stay while he was in Iraq.

  • Friends and Neighbors

    Friends and Neighbors: Campaign raises money to feed hungry school children

    Local food banks want to help children who often go hungry get what they need to thrive in school. Community support is needed.

  • Friends and Neighbors

    Florida Mayors join forces to say no to bullies

    Looking back at my growing up days, I can remember how school bullies tried to made life miserable for me and a lot of other youngsters. I remember being followed home one day by a bully who wanted to start a fight. When I kept ignoring her, she soon turned, with her followers and went home. Unlike some of today’s bullies, she didn’t try to hit me. She was just all mouth, spitting out insulting remarks.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category