Maduro Gov. Accuses US of Violating Vienna Convention

After 4 Activists Arrested at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C.

Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. Photo: Democracy Now

HAVANA TIMES – Police arrested four activists earlier today inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. The activists from CodePink, ANSWER Coalition and Popular Resistance had spent weeks inside the building at the invitation of Venezuela’s government in order to prevent it from being taken over by Venezuela’s U.S.-backed opposition, reported Democracy Now on Thursday.

Last week, authorities cut off water and electricity to the embassy.

The Venezuelan government criticized the arrests.

“The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela does not authorize the entrance of any US law enforcement officers into our former Embassy building in Washington,” Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Ron said in a tweet. “Any such entrance is an unlawful breach of the Vienna Convention.”

The D.C. embassy has been the scene of ongoing protests by both critics of U.S.-backed regime change and supporters of the Venezuelan opposition.

Democracy Now! toured the embassy earlier this month and spoke to the activists inside, who called themselves the Embassy Protection Collective. Kevin Zeese, a member of the collective, said U.S. authorities had warned those living at the embassy that they would be removed.

“We’re not trespassing. The Venezuelan government, the elected government, allows us to be here,” Zeese said. “They gave us a key to come in. So we’re lawfully here.”

2 thoughts on “Maduro Gov. Accuses US of Violating Vienna Convention

  • May 17, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Imagine the impertinence of the Maduro regime invoking any form of international convention. Why not start Nicholas by complying with the UN Charter of Human Rights?

  • May 16, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Maduro had violated everything, every rule, he had ordeedr to shoot against civilians. Hope send the marines and liberates the people of Venezuela

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