Houston's Venezuelans Come Out to Support Jailed Leader

Houstonians come out to protest conditions in Venezuela.
Houstonians come out to protest conditions in Venezuela.
Screen grab from Azteca Houston 51

Times are hard in Venezuela. Crime is rampant, there's no toilet tissue (really), and inflation is through the roof.

Days of violent protests have turned the country's capital inside out.

Venezuelans throughout Texas gathered this week to protest after opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez turned himself in to authorities on terrorism charges. There were large protests here in Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.

Nearly a week of student led protests in Venezuela turned violent and at least five people are dead and 60 injured.

In Houston, protests were peaceful, as dozens gathered across the from the Venezuelan Consulate. Chanting, "Leopoldo tranquilo el pueblo esta contigo (Leopoldo relax the people are with you)". According to a report on TV Azteca Members of SOS Venezuela Houston are expected to continue protests through the weekend in support of Lopez.

Houstonian Oda Verde told a TV reporter, "[O]ver there life has no value because there's impunity. There's no justice."

Another protester Jose Mora, told cameras, "I feel saddened because I see the images of what my people are suffering. But that sadness is what gives me strength to keep on fighting and it gives us strength here in Houston to keep fighting for them," he said.

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