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Tri-State residents rally for Venezuela

Demonstrators in support of the Venezuelan anti-government protests. Demonstrators in support of the Venezuelan anti-government protests.
Demonstrators against the Venezuelan anti-government protests. Demonstrators against the Venezuelan anti-government protests.
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Supporters of anti-government protests in Venezuela rallied at Fountain Square on Sunday.

FOX19's Kelly Rippin reported live downtown where local Venezuelans gathered.

They're calling for peace and change in the country's government and claim that Venezuelan President Nicola Maduro's government violates human rights.

Locally, the Venezuelan community of Cincinnati is rallying together to raise awareness of what is taking place in their country.

When it may be more than 25 hundred miles away, the protests in Venezuela do impact us here in the United States.

Earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke out about how the Venezuelan government has handled the peaceful protestors with unnecessary force.

Kerry went on to say, "This is not how democracies behave."

Now, Maduro has blamed the violence on "right wing extremists who want to destabilize the country" and wants to have a dialogue with the United States.

Some critics of the Obama Administration say Obama and Secretary Kerry should do more to help move Venezuela toward a greater democracy.

Nearly 300 people of all ages were at Cincinnati's demonstration, holding signs and flags. A small group of counter-protesters showed up in support of the Venezuelan government.

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