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City of Miami to host 5K race to raise funds for Venezuela

July 23, 2019
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Claudio Moreau, of Venezuela, holds up a T-shirt reading "Freedom for All" during a news conference regarding local efforts to support the Venezuelan democracy movement, at Miami City Hall, Monday, July 22, 2019, in Miami. The City of Miami will host a 5K run July 28 to raise money for the movement. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Claudio Moreau, of Venezuela, holds up a T-shirt reading "Freedom for All" during a news conference regarding local efforts to support the Venezuelan democracy movement, at Miami City Hall, Monday, July 22, 2019, in Miami. The City of Miami will host a 5K run July 28 to raise money for the movement. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI (AP) — The city of Miami and members of Venezuela’s opposition will host a charity run to raise funds for medical supplies and medicines for the South American nation that is grappling with food and medical shortages.

Mayor Francis Suarez said “Running for Freedom 5K” will support humanitarian aid efforts led by opposition leader Juan Guaidó. The Trump administration and more than 50 other countries recognize Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president. Socialist leader Nicolas Maduro meanwhile has blocked the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Representative of Guaidó’s aid mission Lester Toledo says that his team has been able to deliver 930 tons of food and other supplies.

Officials are aiming for 2,000 people to participate in the 5K run on Sunday.

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