Thousands greet Venezuelan opposition leader
By CHRISTINE ARMARIO
MIAMI (AP) -- Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles is urging thousands of Venezuelans in Miami to stay active in pushing for change in the country they left behind.
Capriles spoke Sunday at the James L. Knight Center to an auditorium full of Venezuelans dressed in red, yellow and blue, the colors of the Venezuelan flag.
Capriles vowed to continue peacefully advocating for change in Venezuela, and said he dreamed of the day all of those who have left return. He also urged them to continue pushing for the reopening of the Miami consulate closed in 2012.
Many stood in applause and called him their president.
Capriles narrowly lost the April 14 presidential election to late President Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro.
Capriles and his supporters claim Maduro stole the election through fraud.
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