Brian Becker of the ANSWER Coalition also spoke, warning that the U.S. must end its efforts to decide for the Venezuelan people who their rightful leader should be.

“The U.S. government, whether it’s Trump or the equally imperialist Democrats, have no right, no capacity, no competence to tell the people of Venezuela who their president is or what their government should look like,” said Becker. “Only Venezuela can determine the destiny of Venezuela.”

Author and activist Eugene Puryear doubled down on rejecting the Trump administration’s claims that it’s concerned with the well-being of the Venezuelans, noting that numerous humanitarian crises are taking place in the U.S. every day.

“All over downtown Washington, any day of the week, there are people eating out of garbage cans, begging for change, doing whatever they can just to survive,” he told the crowd. “So when they say they care about humanitarian aid, where’s the humanitarian aid for the thousands of homeless people in the D.C. region? … They say money is more important than people and they want you to think that they’re in Venezuela for some sort of humanitarian reason. It’s a complete and total lie.”

As Americans spoke out in Washington, Guaido announced he was planning a national tour around Venezuela to mobilize his supporters before officially “reclaiming” power. Earlier this week, he indicated he may be open to calling for U.S. military action.  

In Washington, some protesters carried signs with messages imploring the U.S. government not to go down the same path as the Bush administration in Iraq—and calling on Americans to speak out against U.S. meddling and potential military action in Venezuela.

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