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Florida Gov. Rick Scott Holds Rally For Venezuela Freedom in Doral

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    Gov Scott Calls For Freedom in Venezuela

    Gov. Rick Scott held a rally in Doral Monday calling for freedom in crisis-ravaged Venezuela.

    (Published Monday, July 10, 2017)

    Amid almost 100 days of protests in Venezuela, Florida Governor Rick Scott once again called for freedom in the country during a rally in South Florida on Monday.

    "The movement for democracy and freedom cannot stop for Venezuela," Scott said during the rally at El Arepazo, a Venezuelan restaurant in Doral.

    Scott is calling for the complete freedom of Leopoldo Lopez and all political prisoners in the country.

    Lopez was released from prison on Saturday after more than three years behind bars, being confined to house arrest.

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    The Florida Governor will hold an event Monday in Doral, two days after Leopoldo Lopez was given house arrest - a move that is still being met with objections from those who want his total release.

    (Published Monday, July 10, 2017)

    "We demand complete freedom for Leopoldo Lopez and for all the political prisoners," Scott said. "We demand that the Maduro regime and all the Cuban thugs helping him step down now."

    "It is a tough fight. It is a difficult challenge, but we are really hopeful of finally achieving change and finally being able for Venezuelans to decide their own future,” said Mario de Giovanni, a Venezuelan citizen living in South Florida.

    Last Wednesday, Scott announced that he will ask the trustees of Florida's pension plan to go along with a proposal that targets businesses helping the regime of President Nicolas Maduro. He and other Florida politicians, including U.S Sen. Marco Rubio, have been highly critical of Maduro in the past few months.

    Scott said Monday that at his next cabinet meeting he will propose a resolution that says any organization that does business with the Maduro regime cannot do business with the State of Florida.

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