Rally held in Utah to support Venezuelan protestors

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SALT LAKE CITY –Venezuelans around the world rallied to bring awareness to the conflict in their home country, and Salt Lake City was among the cities were demonstrations were held.

The international movement “SOS Venezuela” orchestrated the event, and a large crowd gathered on the steps of the Utah State Capitol Saturday.

Event organizer Julio Mendez spoke about their cause.

“We need help because the dictator that is running our country is killing us,” Mendez said.

Activists have taken to the streets in Venezuela to protest a government they view as a dictatorship, and at times the clashes have turned violent.

Most of those at Saturday’s event in Salt Lake City are from Venezuela, but there were others there to offer their support.

Antonio Uban said the situation in Venezuela is dire.

“We ask for help to any country that want to support us to get rid of this dictatorship,” Uban said. “They are killing our people in the streets. The National Guard and the Army is in the streets killing our people.”

Thomas Reams of the American Venezuelan Association of Utah said it’s important to make people aware of the situation.

“There's a lot of atrocities that are going on down there, and a lot of Americans don't know about it,” he said. “And really the only way that we've been sharing it is through Facebook, and through Twitter and things like that, and there are a lot of really bad things happening to the students that are protesting.”


  • Utah Red

    Eric, one of the great things about this country is if you don’t like the way things are being run in one state you always have the option to move to another. Rally all you want but if you think Colorado is so awesome move your backside over there.

    • Eric Anderson

      There is a little gang of liberal trolls who don’t like my politics, and have hijacked my login. That wasn’t me posting that.

      The funny thing is I’ve joined them, and I’m trolling myself….and they don’t know which one of “them” is really me. :) It’s fun, actually.

      They’ll get tired and go off to sulk eventually.

  • Utah Red

    We hate dictatorships so we support you. Get on down there and help your brothers and sisters take back your country. That’s what we did when King George got too oppressive for us. Nobody is going to do it for you and if they did you wouldn’t appreciate it if it was just handed to you.

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