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Local demonstration supports anti-government protests in Venezuela

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Local Venezuelan natives took to the street in Lake Charles Monday night in support of anti- government protests, which continue in their homeland. This comes after the deaths of three protesters and the government expulsion of three U.S. diplomats.

Most of the protesters are young students. Their support of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has sparked deadly clashes. Venezuela's president and foreign minister accused Lopez of conspiring with the U.S. to overthrow the government.

Billy Castaneda said he remembers better days before the country was ruled by dictators.

"For 15 years it has been destroying that country... And we are protesting against that," said Castaneda.

Maria Canelo came to the U.S. when she was nine years old. She said she has friends and family participating in the protests.

"You worry for them because you never know what can happen... Things are so bad over there that anything can happen to them," said Canelo.

While they are proud to be Venezuelans, they have a deeper appreciation of their American citizenship and the freedoms that come with it.

"Seeing how things are here I am thankful to be here and to see how things work here. How freedom changes everything," said Canelo.

Standing in solidarity, they'll continue to watch and hope those freedoms find their way to Venezuela. However, they fear how high the cost will be. 

"We never know what's going to happen. We just hope that right now the students are in the streets - usually when they students go to the streets something happens and it's going to happen right now," said Castaneda.

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