Venezuelans Gather in US Cities to Support Opposition Leader

Venezuelans gather in front of the statue of Simón Bolívar in Central Park South. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

The Venezuelan community in the U.S. marched yesterday in dozens of cities on the same day that the president of their country’s National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, declared himself interim president of Venezuela and received the recognition of the U.S. government.

In New York, the rally took place at noon in front of the statue of Simón Bolívar in Central Park South, El Diario La Prensa reports. Joining the group was Hollywood actor Édgar Ramírez, who said, in tears: “We have a new president.”

In Miami, dozens of Venezuelans gathered early in the morning to protest President Maduro in front of the Venezuelan Consulate in Brickell, Miami, Diario Las Américas’ Grethel Delgado reports.

Joining the Venezuelans were also Colombians, Cubans and Dominicans who showed their support to the Venezuelan people who, as Ana Pérez said, “remains brave on the streets, fighting bare-chested against a regime that is making them poor and hungry.”

Cuban-American Jorge Rodríguez addressed the protesters in front of the Venezuelan Consulate.

“I am really moved by seeing the end of dictatorships. This does not end here, this will end in Cuba. We are going to do away with them too; they are the ones who brought Maduro over there,” he said.

Hector Briceño, from Venezuela, joined the protest “to raise my voice against the regime of Nicolás Maduro, who is a usurper. We want him out of the government. There are too many deaths, there is food scarcity, there is no medicine. This is also a gathering in support of our National Assembly president Juan Guaidó, who should be Venezuela’s president.”

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Asking for U.S. intervention in El Paso

More than a hundred Venezuelan residents of El Paso, Texas, celebrated the self-proclamation of Juan Guaidó as interim president, El Diario de El Paso’s Jaime Torres reports.

“It is a day of hope after an almost 20-year dictatorship. It is a sort of breaking point because for years we fought against the Chavez Revolution and we were always at a disadvantage before a government that dominated all powers,” said Marcos Aponte, representative of the El Paso Venezuelan community.

In the gathering at San Jacinto Plaza, men, women and children cheered news of the U.S. government’s support for the opposition leader. (…)

“For all of us inside and outside Venezuela it is a day of celebration because the nightmare of this usurper communist régime is coming to an end,” said Oribell Bermúdez, who six months ago left her country to apply for political asylum along with her daughter Ana Sofía, 6.

(…) “Change begins today and we Venezuelans will go back to rebuild our country. But before we return, the U.S. military forces must bring the regime’s leaders here, all orange-clad.”

(…) For these Venezuelans, the U.S. support for the new president is seen as a big help and a sign of hope, and many expressed their gratitude toward President Trump.

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