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    An Argentine protester holds a sign, decorated in the colors of the Bolivian flag with the words, "Venezuela is Respected" scrolled above. | Photo: EFE

Published 19 February 2019
Opinion

"The coup is a legal travesty that can only be done with the support of imperialism, the U.S.,” protest organizers said.

Hundreds filed through the streets of Buenos Aires Monday, protesting outside the U.S. embassy to demand President Trump end attempts of interventionism in Venezuela.

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“Venezuela is not alone,” protesters cried, answering the call of the Argentine Committee of Solidarity with Venezuela as part of an international campaign to push the U.S. and its incredible economic sanctions away from the struggling Bolivarian nation.

“The whole world will see that the people of the pueblo fight and do not surrender to the arm twisting- that we stand for the dignity of Venezuela and Latin America will be respected,” organizers said, amid the roar of march chants demanding U.S. President “get his hands out of Venezuela.”

Trump gave a speech about Venezuela at Florida International University in Miami Monday during which he reaffirmed his country’s support for the self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, and attacked socialism and its role in Latin America and alleged attempts to bring it to the U.S.

Over the last year, the northern power has repeatedly attempted to overthrow democratically elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro through various means. First with sanctions, then with threats of a militarized intervention, and more recently coercing its allies to back Guaido, an opposition lawmaker, all with the purpose of confiscating Venezuela’s vast oil reserves, as affirmed by U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton.

A member of the Association of State Workers of Buenos Aires, Andrea Gatabria, told Efe, “The Government of Venezuela and its legitimate president Nicolás Maduro were democratically elected by the people, in free elections.

"The coup, the self-proclaimed president (Juan Guaido), is really something incredible, a legal travesty that can only be done with the support of imperialism, the United States Government,” said Gatabria.

Congress already rejected Trump’s proposal to intervene militarily in Venezuela, however the president has continued his attempts to violate international law and to send unsolicited “humanitarian aid” to the “poor Venezuelan boys and girls,” which he once again proposed in Miami.

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