Venezuelan migrants turn out to show solidarity in Brickell, Doral

Venezuelans plan events to support opposition's efforts to oust Maduro

By Liane Morejon - Reporter, Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer, Cody Weddle

MIAMI - As a sea of Venezuelan protesters participated in anti-government demonstrations to support the opposition's efforts to oust Nicolas Maduro, a crowd of Venezuelan migrants in South Florida showed their solidarity in Miami-Dade County. There was a small protest in Brickell and a larger protest Doral. 

After President Donald Trump recognized Juan Guaido, the new president of the opposition-controlled parliament, as the interim president of Venezuela, Maduro's rage was felt in the streets of Venezuelan cities like Caracas, San Cristobal and Barinas. At least 8 protesters were dead.  

Dr. Jose Manual Olivares, a member of the opposition -lead parliament in Venezuela, reported doctors at Caracas' Hospital Periferico declared 16-year-old Alixon Pizani dead after a late night shooting, as students protested in Catia.  

In the southern city of Ciudad Bolivar, a 30-year-old worker, Carlos Olivares, was killed when four unidentified men descended from a beige Jeep and fired upon a crowd that was looting a store. Two more unidentified people were also killed in the incident, according to a police report, while two were injured.

After the largest march since the protests in 2017 left more than 120 dead developed on the anniversary of the 1958 coup d'état that ousted Marcos Perez Jimenez, a military dictator, activists reported at least 70 protesters were in the government's custody.

Guaido received international support. Aside from Trump's support, the 35-year-old former student protester and engineer thanked the leaders of Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Paraguay. There were protest all over the world including in London, Sydney, Madrid, Montreal, Bogota, Los Angeles and New York. In Miami, a few protesters shouted outside of the Venezuelan consulate at 1101 Brickell Ave., and later a larger crowd filled the Downtown Doral Park at 8395 NW 53 St. 

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