MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A caravan of Venezuelans from South Florida will head to Washington D.C. on Thursday to press for lawmakers to place sanctions on Venezuela.

The advocates, who will arrive in the nation’s capital on Friday, will be joined by other groups from across the country. They plan to meet with legislators and voice their support for sanctions against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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South Florida is home to the largest number of Venezuelans in the United States.

Protests have erupted in Venezuela over food shortages, inflation and a heavy-handed government that has shut off spaces for dissent. At least 41 people have died in the protests since February.

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