It's a bitter-sweet day for Venezuelans here in South Florida and around the Country.

Today is Venezuela's Independence Day, and several rallies are taking place in Doral and Weston to call attention to the struggles the people in the country are facing against the Maduro regime.

Ernesto Ackerman with the Independent Venezuelan-American Citizens says the country is spiraling out of control.

Since protesters began demonstrating in February, there have been at least 43 deaths and more than 800 injuries.

At least 240 people have been arrested.