Thousands Rally in Doral To Support Venezuelan Protesters, But Many Fear More Bloodshed
The overall message was one of unity, as Miamians from all of Latin America lambasted the government of Nicolas Maduro. But many admitted they expected more bloodshed in Venezuela before the protests end.
"Unfortunately, more people are going to have to die before this is over," said one protester.
"How many people are going to die?" asked the woman, who gave her name only as Marielba and was dressed -- like most of the protesters -- in white with a Venezuelan flag hat. "Who knows? One hundred? I hope that's not the case but I'm afraid it is."
At least eight people have died so far during the protests, including several government supporters. But the majority of the casualties -- and international media focus -- has been on the side of students protesting the country's high crime rate and economic woes.
Today's protest was orderly, with the only scary moment coming when a boy fainted in the sweltering midday heat. Doral police directed traffic as protesters walked for half a mile to get to the park.
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Protesters gathered on a hill near the park's lagoon, where organizers arranged them into lines spelling "SOS Venezuela" from above. There was even a drone to take aerial photos of the demonstration.
Michael E. Miller Doral mayor Luigi Boria (far left in hat) speaks to the crowd
On a small stage near the hill, students and politicians spoke to a sea of Venezuelan flags and homemade signs.
"Arriba Leopoldo López," shouted Doral mayor Luigi Boria, referring to the Venezuelan politician arrested earlier this week. "Arriba los estudiantes!"