Hands off Venezuela! Protesters rally against regime change outside White House
A large sea of demonstrators met at Lafayette Park for a march on Washington Saturday afternoon to show opposition to the Trump administration’s effort to overthrow Maduro and replace him with opposition figure Juan Guaidó, who has declared himself president with the support of the US, Canada, many European nations and other leaders.
Beautiful crowd today in the belly of the beast, where citizens have gathered to affirm our respect for Venezuela’s sovereignty and independence & demand an end to economic war. With 40 million people living in poverty, we need humanitarian in the US! #handsoffvenezuelapic.twitter.com/I7CuuN9TQh— Anya Parampil (@anyaparampil) March 16, 2019
.@medeabenjamin Calling us to stand with the people of #Venezuela join @codepink rally at #whitehouse or tell your Congressmember #handsoffvenzuela at https://t.co/u5n4YVnKcv… #nocoyp#peacepic.twitter.com/Nvf0yga5Qy— CODEPINK (@codepink) March 16, 2019
Speakers at the event include Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, actor Danny Glover, Codepink’s Medea Benjamin, Grayzone journalist Max Blumenthal and a number of other journalists and activists.
The demonstrators are protesting against a policy that repeats previous regime change efforts in Iraq, Libya and Syria, and are rejecting the so-called ‘Monroe Doctrine’ the US has previously employed across Latin America.
The message to the White House is clear: NO WAR ON VENEZUELA. pic.twitter.com/VlPxsOAunF— Anya Parampil (@anyaparampil) March 16, 2019
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