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Venezuelans in Tulsa Hope for U.S. Aid

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Members of the Venezuelan community in Tulsa gathered in the rain today at 9th and Riverside to raise awareness in the United States for the current conflicts happening in Venezuela.

The conflicts stem from a poor economical situation and shortages of everyday items.

Many student-led protests have been held, and those students have been joined by mostly middle-class citizens.

20 people have reportedly been killed during the protests.

Elian Hurtado, a member of the Tulsa group "SOS Venezuela," was one Tulsa resident today who was trying to raise awareness for the situation in Venezuela.

"Human rights are being violated by the government and we are extremely worried about our people there," Hurtado said.

Hurtado thinks that the United States needs to get involved to help resolve the conflicts.

"Students are going out into the street everyday to protest peacefully and they are being shot and killed by national guards," she said. "We're begging for national attention here in the United States. I don't think unarmed students can fix the conflicts by themselves."

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