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UW-Platteville students hold vigil for Venezuela violence victims

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PLATTEVILLE, Wisconsin (WKOW) – Students in Platteville gathered Tuesday evening to remember those impacted by violence around the world.

A vigil organized by the school's chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity was held in honor of people dealing with violence in the country of Venezuela.

Oppositionists in Venezuela have been demonstrating against the President there for months. They also accuse President Nicolas Maduro of using violence in an effort to silence the anti-government rallies.

Nathaniel Knautz, the President of Sigma Phi Epsilon's Wisconsin Theta Chapter, said the vigil was also meant to honor those impacted by recent violence in the Ukraine and the two and a half year civil was in the county of Syria.

What happens elsewhere, sure it's another country, another nation with different citizens. But they're still humans,” Knautz said.

He said the fraternity was inspired to hold the vigil after a Venezuelan-born Sigma Phi Epsilon brother from another chapter reported his friends had gone missing amidst the protests.

Jorge Finol, a UW-Platteville student born in Venezuela, said the protests in his home country have caused him a lot of stress this semester.

It's very hard,” said Finol, whose immediate family is now in the United States but whose cousins and extended family remain in Venezuela.

Even though I've been here for a long time, I still have my roots to Venezuela. They're still strong,” Finol said.

Finol added he has been in the United States for 14 years.

The news he gets from back home.

The protests are “as intense,” as they appear in the news coverage, he said.

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