Students gathered at Florida International University Friday morning to show their support for student-led anti-government protests in Venezuela.
FIU President Mark Rosenberg and Congress representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart participated in the gathering, which featured colorful banners with hand-written messages encouraging Venezuelans to “keep fighting.”
“I see this as a method of telling those people: We’re with you. We support what you’re doing. We’re also students like you and we want for you to be in a better country and have a better life,” said FIU student Mario Bocaranda.
The freshman is part of the Venezuelan Student Alliance, which organized the rally in cooperation with the International Affairs Society. The student-run organizations reached out to fellow students on Facebook to garner support, Bocaranda said.
Bocaranda also attended rallies held in Doral and Coconut Grove late last month.
“It’s extremely important that young people know what’s going on, because in Venezuela, it’s students our age who are going through this crisis,” said Kristen Nyman, president of the International Affairs Society.
“One thing that we’ve really been pushing is the idea that human rights have no borders, have no boundaries,’’ she said. “So it’s our responsibility as students to advocate for those students.”