U.S. Hands Off Venezuela Washington D.C. Recap

On Saturday, March 16th, more than 2,000 people joined together for a rally organized by the ANSWER Coalition in front of the White House to call for an end to sanctions on Venezuela and US regime change efforts in the Latin American country. Despite a small pro-opposition presence, the rally and march and teach-in that followed went off without a hitch.

Seven weeks ago the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela despite the fact that President Nicolas Maduro won re-election last May, in an election deemed valid by international observers. Those calling for an end to US involvement in Venezuela maintain that Guaido’s self-appointment is illegitimate.

Rally speakers included Cindy Sheehan of March on the Pentagon, Brian Becker of the ANSWER Coalition, Eugene Puryear, Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK, Max Blumenthal and Anya Parampil of the Grayzone who both recently returned from Caracas, Lee Camp of Redacted Tonight, Gloria La Riva who also recently returned from Venezuela, Joe Lauria of Consortium News and many more.

Following the march, a teach-in was held that included appearances from Jill Stein and Daniel Ellsberg via Skype and many representatives of local, national, and international organizations standing in support of the Venezuelan people.

Watch Cindy Sheehan’s rally speech below:

2 Comments

    April 7, 2019 REPLY

    Never seen so many ill-formed people in one place. Have any of you talked to any Venezuelans?

      April 9, 2019 REPLY

      Hi Roque! Many of the speakers at the rally have visited Venezuela. Some of them had just returned after spending weeks there, others have visited numerous times over the years. Venezuelans and others from Latin America also spoke both at the rally and at the teach-in event that happened afterwards. While it’s wonderful that so many people are able to visit Venezuela, see what’s going on firsthand, and talk to Venezuelans while there, none of that is a requirement when it comes to understanding the history of the US Empire and the damage it has done throughout the world as well as in Latin America, including Venezuela specifically. I’m sure folks in Venezuela have opinions of the United States, even if they’ve never talked to someone from here – that certainly isn’t a requirement when it comes to having an informed and educated opinion about what one’s own country is doing to another.

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