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Doral raises crowd estimate for Venezuela rally

 
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A white dove flies over the crowd after being released as Venezuelans and their supporters show their support with the anti-government protests in Venezuela on February 22, 2014 in Doral, Florida. In Venezuela, protests over the past couple of weeks have resulted in violence as government opponents and supporters have faced off in the streets.
A white dove flies over the crowd after being released as Venezuelans and their supporters show their support with the anti-government protests in Venezuela on February 22, 2014 in Doral, Florida. In Venezuela, protests over the past couple of weeks have resulted in violence as government opponents and supporters have faced off in the streets.
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More than 20,000 people turned up Saturday for the big S.O.S. Venezuela rally at J.C. Bermudez Park in Doral, the Doral city manager and police chief said Sunday in a joint statement.

The figure provided Sunday by City Manager Joe Carollo and Police Chief Richard Blom is higher than original estimates saying more than 4,000 people had shown up.

But on Sunday Carollo and Blom said that initial figure reflected only those who had arrived at the beginning of the rally at 1 p,m. Saturday.

“The rally attendees which numbered 4,000-5,000 prior to the 1 p.m. start time, grew to over 20,000 at its peak and were passionate, enthusiastic and most of all peaceful,” said the joint press release from Carollo and Blom.

Both men said that past events, like gatherings for the Fourth of July have drawn in excess of 20,000 people.

“The police command staff estimated [Saturday’s] crowd to be larger than these previous events,” the press statement said.

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