Thousands Rally in Doral To Support Venezuelan Protesters, But Many Fear More Bloodshed

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Michael E. Miller
A protester at today's rally in Doral
Roughly 8,000 people flooded JC Bermudez Park in Doral this afternoon to rally in support of student protesters in Venezuela.

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.

See also: Photos of Saturday's rally for Venezuela in Doral

"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.

See also: What the Hell Is Going on in Venezuela?

Michael E. Miller
Doral mayor Luigi Boria (far left in hat) speaks to the crowd
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.

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!"

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Not sure how this had any effect on anything except for them to feel better about themselves.  

Alex Sofronia
Alex Sofronia

What if when we take wealth away from a country to go live elsewhere it creates big economic instabilities? Ever realized our responsibility as consumers and out impact?


no se olviden que la comunidad venezolana en miami son de la clase de burgesos corruptos que han robado todo del país desde los 50's !!

Os Valledor
Os Valledor

I think it's because the Cuban flag in Venezuela represents Castro and communism. Where as the Cuban flag in Miami represents the Anti-Castro/communism.

Justo Sosa
Justo Sosa

They aren't burning the Cuban flag here....gee, I wonder why? Oh yeah, because its stupid, it's Miami, and we'd kick their ass.

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