US Police Break Into Venezuela Embassy in DC، Arrest Four Activists – Reports
Thursday 16/May/2019 - 04:41 PM
Police have been sieging the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington، DC despite resistance from activists supporting the diplomatic mission loyal to the country's elected President Nicolas Maduro and accusations of violating the untouchable status of the embassy، according to Sputnik.
US police have broken into the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington، DC and arrested four protesters from the Embassy Protection Collective، according to Medea Benjamin، an activist from the anti-war group CODEPINK. According to Benjamin، the police arrested the remaining protesters، who have been guarding the facility from being taken over by US authorities. Her words were echoed by another CODEPINK activist، Ariel Gold.
Benjamin cited Venezuela's Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Ron as denouncing the US actions as a violation of the Vienna Conventions and slamming the arrest of Embassy Protection Collective members.
"We call on the US government to sign a Protecting Power Agreement to ensure the integrity of our Embassy in DC and the US Embassy in Caracas. We do not authorise any of the coup representatives to enter the Embassy"، he was quoted as saying by the CODEPINK activist.
CODEPINK activists' reports were later confirmed by a Washington Post reporter on the scene، who heard one of the protesters guarding the embassy call out a window that police are after them. Among the four who were arrested during the raid are anti-war activists Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers.
The activists from the Embassy Protection Collective have been living inside the embassy since April 24 in a bid to protect it from US attempts to seize the facility. The group was invited by the embassy's Venezuelan diplomats.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro earlier slammed US attempts to seize the property of the country's embassy، pointing to its "inviolability" under international treaties regulating the activities of diplomatic missions. Edited by: Ahmad El-Assasy