Venezuela crisis: Activists sound off in Palm Beach Gardens

Venezuela is torn between supporters of the government of President Nicolas Maduro and members of the opposition.

Outside the offices of Senator Marco Rubio in Palm Beach Gardens, a group of more than 50 activists are attempting to have their voices heard.

The activists support the opposition and plan to meet with Rubio's aides today and to give them a letter to forward to the Senator.

They plan on continuing to speak out until something is done.

Rubio spoke on the crisis and his support for the opposition during a recent floor speech, "I get thousands of retweets from students and young people, until they shut them out, in Venezuela who are encouraged by the fact that we are on their side. What they want is what we have, the freedom and the liberty. That's what all people want. And if America and its policy-makers are not going to be firmly on the side of freedom and liberty, who in the world is?"

Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz said Monday that 13 people have died and at least 147 people have been injured in clashes in the country since protests began.

45 people detained during demonstrations remain behind bars; nine of them are government forces, she said.

Opposition leaders and government officials blame each other for the unrest, and both sides show no sign of backing down.

In a nationally televised government meeting, Maduro said he was convening a peace conference on Wednesday for mayors, governors and leading lawmakers to sign a deal renouncing violence.


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