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Venezuelan violence being felt here in Coastal Empire

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Some unnerving violence happening in South America is being felt right here in the Coastal Empire.

Members of Savannah's Venezuelan community rallied Ellis Square today, afraid for their loved ones, as deadly protests continue after several days of fighting in the streets of Caracas. Nearly 100 people lined the sidewalk, holding hands to create a human chain. Many had signs in hand, pleading for the United States to get involved and stop the deadly violence in Venezuela.

"We are supporting my country, Venezuela. I had to leave because the security is really bad. When you go to a supermarket, you cannot find anything you want, and if you find milk, you can only take two. And, I am here supporting my family; my friends who are there fighting in the streets. One of my friends got beaten by the National Guard, and it is unacceptable," said Clarissa Koppel.

Tuesday, the man the Venezuelan government blames for the deadly riots, turned himself in.

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