Dozens show up to rally in support of pro-Democracy movement in Venezuela

Dozens in South Florida who have been disturbed with what’s going on in Venezuela turned their concern into action on Saturday in Miami’s Little Havana.

Venezuela Tricolor, an organization of Venezuelan-American political activists, organized the solidarity rally from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jose Marti Park. 

Venezuelan pro-Democracy protesters have been risking their lives during daily demonstrations in Caracas and other part of the country since April. 

The clashes between protesters and supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro are happening as families endure soaring crime, food shortages and a medical system in crisis. 

Cubans in Miami-Dade know plenty about repressive regimes and the consequences of a socialist revolution. Some were waving their Cuban flags at the park to commemorate the independence of Cuba from Spain.

Miami police officers in the area were prepared for the crowd to grown. 

 

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Dozens show up to rally in support of pro-Democracy movement in Venezuela

Dozens in South Florida who have been disturbed with what’s going on in Venezuela turned their concern into action on Saturday in Miami’s Little Havana.

Venezuela Tricolor, an organization of Venezuelan-American political activists, organized the solidarity rally from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jose Marti Park. 

Venezuelan pro-Democracy protesters have been risking their lives during daily demonstrations in Caracas and other part of the country since April. 

The clashes between protesters and supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro are happening as families endure soaring crime, food shortages and a medical system in crisis. 

Cubans in Miami-Dade know plenty about repressive regimes and the consequences of a socialist revolution. Some were waving their Cuban flags at the park to commemorate the independence of Cuba from Spain.

Miami police officers in the area were prepared for the crowd to grown. 

 

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Miami authorities expect thousands of demonstrators in support of Venezuela

Miami police officers are preparing for a large crowd at a park in Miami’s Little Havana on Saturday. 

Thousands protesting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro are expected at the Jose Marti Park starting at 10 a.m., according to Miami Police Detective Kenia Fallat.

Miami police officers will be in the area to deal with traffic congestion during a rally in support of Venezuelan opponents of Maduro at 351 S.W. 4th Ave. 

Maduro’s opposition has been protesting since April after the Supreme Court ruled to limit the power of the opposition-controlled National Assembly. The Supreme Court justices, who support Maduro, later reversed their decision. 

Authorities have linked at least 46 deaths to the nearly two months of protests. Venezuelan prosecutors filed charges against a few police officers and soldiers accused of killing a student and a father in the state of Tachira this week. 

Venezuelans will also be protesting in Caracas and other major cities Saturday. They will be marching against Maduro’s push to rewrite the 1999 constitution. 

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Man found dead in pool of blood after firefighters respond to reports of fire

A man was found dead overnight in a Miami home after authorities received a report about a fire at the Poinciana Grove Apartments.

Authorities said Miami firefighters forced their way into the apartment at 5601 NW Second Ave. shortly after midnight Friday and found the victim, identified as Joseph Gonzalez, 64, lying in a pool of blood.

Police said there was a small fire in the kitchen which firefighters quickly extinguished.

Detectives said Gonzalez had been stabbed to death.

Authorities said the victim’s car was found at about noon by Opa-locka police in the area of Northwest 37th Court and 157th Street.

Two people were taken into custody and questioned by detectives.

It’s unclear whether they will face charges.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami police at 305-603-6350 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

 

 

 

 

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Residents, Beckham Group, city officials discuss new soccer stadium

Overtown neighbors packed a room tonight hoping to be among  the first to see the newest rendering of the highly anticipated Beckham Stadium.

Many were not impressed.

“You need to know that we do not like this,” one resident said.

Wednesday night marked  the last opportunity for the community to voice its concerns about the pending soccer stadium.

“If you ever get off on 17 Avenue or 12 Avenue during a Marlins game, it takes me about 20 minutes just to get home, imagine with another stadium in there,” a resident said.

Many said they felt powerless to stop the stadium from coming in and asked for a second meeting to ask more questions. 

Those who live near the site along Northwest Seventh Avenue gave Miami officials their opinions during the meetings.

Many were upset when they  heard members of the Beckham Group say they have no plans to build more parking in the area.

A Beckham Group spokesperson tried to appease the crowd by saying they plan to promote the use of public transportation.

“The public transportation in this county, excuse my language, sucks,” a resident said.

Supporters of the plan were also at the meeting and pointed to the hopes of a big economic impact and job creation.

The Beckham Group is now moving to finalize its purchase of three additional acres it needs from Miami  to start building.

Total costs for the 25,000 -seat facility is estimated at $500 million. 

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Summer activities help keep young people out of trouble, police say

Hollywood detectives have arrested at least eight people recently in connection to a rash of home and vehicle burglaries, and any of those involved in the burglaries are students. 

And they’re not alone.

Young people tend to get involved in different types of crimes throughout the year, but as summer break draws near teens move around a little more. 

“The kids that are not involved in some kind of summer activity – they have nothing to do,” Lt. Freddie Cruz of Miami police said.

Officials said that during the summer months certain areas see an increase in burglaries that take place during the day.  

Cruz said parents should be aware of this trend and not only to protect your property during the summer but to keep an eye on their  teens, who they hang out with and what they’re doing. 

“Even staying at home they can go online and do something they shouldn’t or they can get on the phone and maybe talk to somebody they shouldn’t be talking to,” he said.  

In order to keep students busy during the summer there are several options including the Summer Youth Employment Program, Browad Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Explorers , Miami-Dade County Police Department’s Police Explorer Program and Miami Police Department’s PAL Programs.

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