Saturday, May 30, 2015

World Protest for Freedom in Venezuela Reaches Miami

From Caracas to Miami and across the world Venezuelans gather to demand freedom under hashtag

"This is the sign that in Venezuela Yes We Can! United all is possible!" - Lilian Tintori
The above image was taken in Venezuela today and tweeted by Lilian Tintori, the wife of prisoner of conscience and opposition leader Leopoldo López Mendoza, this morning at 11:22am Caracas time. In Miami at 9:00am Venezuelans gathered under the statue of Simon Bolivar at the Torch of Freedom in Bayfront Park and listened to rousing calls for freedom from Venezuelan opposition leaders and community activists.  Among them was Carlos Vecchio, of Leopoldo's political party "Voluntad Popular."

The event ended with scores of Venezuelans singing their national anthem above are some videos and below are some photos from this morning's event in Miami. This world protest comes one day after the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights expressed its concerns over the treatment of Daniel Ceballos and Leopoldo López. Both men are currently on hunger strike and these protests around the world are calling for their demands to be met.

Carlos Vecchio, of Voluntad Popular, addressing the gathering in Miami

Venezuelans singing the national anthem at the end of the event this morning
Briefly met Carlos Vecchio, of Voluntad Popular today at the rally

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