- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - Venezuelans in Miami are planning a caravan to Washington to press U.S. leaders for sanctions against Venezuela.

The advocates are expected to depart Thursday and arrive in the nation’s capital on Friday.

Venezuelan-Americans and others are traveling from throughout the country to participate in Friday’s events. They plan to meet with legislators and voice their support for sanctions against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

South Florida is home to the largest number of Venezuelans in the United States.

Protests have erupted in Venezuela over food shortages, inflations and a heavy-handed government that has shut off spaces for dissent. At least 41 people have died in the protests since February.