Rally against Venezuelan government held in Galleria area

February 16, 2014 8:44:07 PM PST
Houstonians are trying to draw attention to what they call abuses by the Venezuelan government.

Dozens of people gathered for a protest in front of the Galleria today. They held Venezuelan flags and signs calling for freedom in the South American nation. The protesters blame the current government for human rights abuses, rising violence and a shortage of food and other basic needs. And they want the U.S. to intervene.

"America's about freedom and other countries can't get freedom, it's just wrong. What's going on? America's about freedom. We should all stand up for this," said protestor Brandon Gabehart.

In Venezuela, students have been clashing with police during a series of anti-government protests over the past week. At least three people have died, and dozens of others have been injured or detained.

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