Venezuelans Hold More Rallies in South Florida

Events and protests are scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday around Miami.

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    Another Venezeulan rally was held Saturday in front of Miami City Hall. It was just one of a handful planned for the weekend. NBC 6's Jamie Guirola reports. (Published Saturday, March 1, 2014)

    Venezuelans in South Florida are continuing to demonstrate against the violence in their home country.

    Events and protests were scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday around Miami.

    On Saturday, young Venezuelans joined other young adults from Latin America in Coconut Grove at 2 p.m. to express their solidarity with the students in Venezuela.

    A large, passionate crowd chanted and sang while carrying signs that read "No more violence" and "Out with Maduro." The names of the 18 who have died in Venezuela were read in a moment of silence before the rally ended in front of Miami City Hall.

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    "People are so united and it's so much more impacting to see these masses, mobilizations of people coming together," protester Orlando Rodriguez said.

    Rodriguez was born in Caracas, but has lived in Miami for 13 years. The distance doesn't lessen his concern for his home country.

    "Now people are proud to wear their hat, people are proud to wear the white, people are proud to show their flag, they're proud to be opposition.

    On Sunday, Venezuelans are expecting to hold another rally in Miami.

    The protesters are upset with economic shortages and the heavy-handed response of the government to the demonstrations.

    The largest concentration of Venezuelans in the U.S. resides in South Florida.