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Venezuela march hits home in Doral

Protesters march towards the national electoral board (CNE) during a demonstration in support of a referendum on the rule of President Nicolas Maduro, not pictured, in Caracas, Venezuela, on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
Protesters march towards the national electoral board (CNE) during a demonstration in support of a referendum on the rule of President Nicolas Maduro, not pictured, in Caracas, Venezuela, on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Bloomberg

More than a million Venezuelans are expected to take the streets Thursday in Caracas with the hope of overthrowing the country’s leader.

The goal of the march, dubbed “The Taking of Caracas,” is to force a recall this year of President Nicolás Maduro, the person they blame for the country’s soaring inflation, gnawing hunger and rampant crime, all stemming from a deep economic crisis.

The nation’s efforts hit home for many residents in Doral, the Miami-Dade city with the largest Venezuelan population. Several businesses are supporting the march from afar by holding rallies and gatherings throughout the week, as people post moving messages on social media.

“Praying for all my Venezuelan friends and their families today as they try to take their country back to Freedom and Democracy,” posted Doral resident Mari Franco Torres on Facebook. “May there be no bloodshed and may they triumph against their socialist/communist dictator.”

At 11 a.m. Thursday, several community social groups will be monitoring the happenings at the the Aloft hotel in Doral.

“We are serving as a bridge to the press restraint there is inside Venezuela,” said Beatriz Olavarria on behalf of serveral Venezuelan community organizations. “We have sources over there and we are receiving information in various ways. We hope to serve as a communication tool here in Miami and all over the world.”

The gathering comes after Miami Herald reported Jim Wyss was detained by Venezuelan immigration authorities Wednesday evening as he arrived at the airport to cover the massive rally in Caracas. He was later released and is safe. Several other journalists were also detained.

Throughout the day, Doral restaurants El Arepazo (10191 NW 58th St.) and Canaima Doral (5401 NW 79th Ave.) will also be holding gatherings as they tune into the opposition march.

On Friday, a forum will be held at San Ignacio University in Doral on Northwest 39th Street and 107th Avenue. Several speakers will be discussing the results and updates of Thursday’s march.

On Saturday, a concentration will be held at 3 p.m. at the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami. All gatherings are open to the public.

Monique O. Madan: 305-376-2108, @MoniqueOMadan

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