On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend our enduring support to the people of Venezuela, interim President Juan Guaido, and the democratically elected National Assembly as you commemorate the 209th anniversary of your independence on July 5.
Venezuela was the first Spanish Colony in South America to declare its independence in 1811. Today, the Venezuelan people carry the spirit of Simon Bolivar as they seek a democratic transition from authoritarian rule that is abetted by nefarious foreign infiltrators that enable repression and corruption. This struggle for freedom and democracy will not end until its goals are realized.
Every day that Venezuelans stand up for their rights brings them a day closer to truly celebrating Independence. Democracy will not be intimidated. We remain committed to supporting Venezuela’s peaceful, democratic transition and free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections. The United States, and nearly 60 nations, stand with Venezuelans inside Venezuela and the more than 5 million forced to flee.