Cops raid the Venezuelan Embassy

Police with battering ram raid Venezuelan Embassy in DC & arrest anti-coup activists

In clear violation of international law, police broke into Venezuela’s embassy in Washington DC, arresting activists invited by staff. They prevented the building from being seized by US-backed coup leader Juan Guaido’s people.

After spending over a month camped out in the embassy, the final four activists of the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective have been placed under arrest after police broke down doors and entered the premises on Thursday.

Venezuela had not authorized US authorities to enter the building, Vice-Minister for North American Relations, Carlos Ron, wrote on Twitter. Under the 1961 Vienna Convention, embassies are considered sovereign territory of the government they represent, making the action a violation of international law.

This is an illegal act and goes against the Vienna convention and could be considered an act of war

“It could be considered an act of war for them [US authorities] to allow the parallel government, which is unrecognized, which controls no institutions of government and is essentially a fake government” to take over the diplomatic premises, Blumenthal told RT after US authorities tried to raid and evict the so-called ‘Embassy Civilian Protection Collective’ on Monday, before allowing activists to stay.

“There could be an embassy protection agreement between Venezuela’s government and a friendly country which would allow that country to move in as a custodian for the embassy and allow Switzerland to take over the US embassy in Caracas,” Blumenthal said.

I would like to know who gave the cops the order to do this and why they thought it was a good idea to follow and illegal order?

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The decision by US authorities to break into Venezuela’s Washington, DC embassy and arrest anti-coup activists on Wednesday is a clear violation of international law, Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin told RT.

A group calling itself the ‘Embassy Protection Collective’ has been under siege inside the building for weeks, as supporters of Venezuelan coup leader Juan Guaido called for their removal.

Benjamin told RT that Code Pink, an anti-war activist group, received “an urgent call” from members of the ‘Collective’ on Wednesday morning saying “police had broken down the door and that they were going to be arrested.”

She denounced police action as a violation of the Vienna Convention“ because the group has been in there with the permission of the Venezuelan government.” US authorities had previously cut off power to the embassy in an effort to force activists to leave.

Benjamin said the best way to protect both the US embassy in Caracas and the Venezuelan embassy in DC was for the two governments to sign a “Protecting Power Agreement” — something Venezuela’s ambassador has been calling for at the United Nations.

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"It seems to me that the problem is that group party interests, in this case, are placed above the interests of the entire society and the interests of people,"

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We're the US of A. We don't kowtow to any stupid international law. The only time we care about international law is when we use it against people or countries we don't like.

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New russian

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"When will our conscience's grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?" Eleanor Roosevelt

"The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." Socrates (469-399 BC)

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Or are we to trust Nancy "impeachment is off the table" Pelosi for guidance?

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