Protesters in Washington back Maduro and criticize Trump

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro (c), arrives at the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) for the delivery of his memory and account, on Monday, January 14, 2019, in Caracas (Venezuela). EFE / Archive

A group of people today backed the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and criticized the US leader, Donald Trump, after he recognized the head of the Venezuelan Parliament, Juan Guaidó, as the legitimate “interim” president of the Caribbean country.

To the shout of “Maduro yes, Trump no”, “Maduro yes, Yankee no” and other harangues in English, the demonstrators declared themselves opposed to interventionism and demanded Trump to take care of the United States and not the internal politics of other countries. , told a witness who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The demonstrators also carried posters in the read, among others, “US Hands off Venezuela” (United States pull your hands of Venezuela) and “Down with the US imperialism (Free US imperialism) Venezuela free!”.

The rally took place on the outskirts of the Venezuelan legation, located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington.

This Wednesday, Trump was the first president to recognize Guaidó as the legitimate president of Venezuela, minutes after the head of the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN, Parliament) proclaimed himself the nation’s ruler and accused Maduro of “usurping” the executive power.

“Today, I officially recognize the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, as the interim president of Venezuela,” Trump said in a statement.

Trump’s decision was celebrated by a group of Venezuelans who gathered in a square erected in honor of the Caracas-born Simón Bolívar, in the heart of Washington.

That concentration was part of the mobilizations called by Guaidó for this January 23, when it recalls the overthrow, in 1958, of Marcos Pérez Jiménez’s dictatorship in Venezuela, as a way to reject the second term of Maduro, who swore in office last January 10.


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