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Venezuelan protests in Tampa

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Hundreds gathered Saturday afternoon along Dale Mabry near Columbus to protest the violence and oppression in Venezuela.

At least eight people have died while protesting the Venezuelan government over freedom of speech and the country's crime rate.

Of the hundreds who peacefully took to the streets in Tampa, most wore white symbolizing freedom while they waived their anti-Venezuelan government signs.

"It's a different atmosphere down there," Carlos Vasquez explained.

He talks to his family there daily and wants them to eventually experience the same freedom he's used to.

"They're protesting the government everyday. They're actually doing the same thing we're doing now, down there. Just with them, it's a little critical. They don't know if they're going to shot or something like that," Vasquez said.

Vasquez was one of hundreds lined up along Dale Mabry singing and chanting their support for the efforts in Venezuela.

As passing cars honked in support, protesters grew louder.

"Venezuelans just want what is constitutionally right for them. People are getting killed and people are getting hurt and there's no reason for the oppression," Susana Burfield said.

Protesters have preliminary plans for other peaceful gatherings next week.

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