- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

DORAL, Fl. (AP) - Hundreds of Venezuelans and their allies are gathering in a suburb of Miami to support loved ones back home.

Cars draped in the Venezuelan flags streamed into Doral’s J.C. Bermudez Park Saturday. Organizers want to keep the spotlight on the opposition demonstrations against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Participants dressed in white. Venezuelans in dozens of cities across the globe are taking part in similar demonstrations. In the last decade, thousands of Venezuelans have resettled in Doral, now nicknamed “Doralsuela.”

The protests come as unrest continues in Venezuela. Maduro became president following the death of Hugo Chavez. He says the wave of violence and demonstrations that began Feb. 12 are part of a right-wing attempt to topple his socialist government. At least 8 people have died and 100 have been injured.

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