In Washington, Venezuelan Embassy Defenders Stand Strong against Trump-Bolton

April 27th, 2019 - by The Embassy Protection Collective and Popular Resistance
The protest and rally outside of the Venezuela Embassy in Washington, DC on April 25, 2019—the day the Trump administration had been expected to take over the embassy.

(April 26, 2019) — Pictured above: The protest and rally outside of the Venezuela Embassy in Washington, DC on April 25, 2019—the day the Trump administration had been expected to take over the embassy on behalf of their fraudulent puppet government.

People power has stopped the takeover but those in solidarity with the Venezuelan people must increase their presence to continue to protect the embassy.

Join The Emergency Venezuelan Embassy Protection Mobilization!

Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28: Starting at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday.
Embassy Of Venezuela In Washington, D.C. 
1099 30th Street NW

We are calling for a full mobilization of all people of conscience to join us on Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the Venezuelan embassy (1099 30th Street NW, Washington, DC). We urgently request that all who can stay overnight on Saturday and/or all or part of Sunday.

The powerful mobilization of people across the country who came together at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. Wednesday and Thursday has prevented the take over of the embassy by the Trump administration and their fraudulent puppet government. The Collective has exposed the illegal character of the Trump White House’s efforts to seize this diplomatic compound.

The embassy, which is a building owned by the Venezuelan government and covered by the Vienna Convention, has been the scene of a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week vigil that has included rallies, teach-ins, and mobilizations by US peace and anti-war activists who are the invited guests of the Venezuelan government.

Last night, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza told us in a video message that Venezuela appreciates the work of the Collective acting in solidarity with the Venezuelan people.

Further, he stated the Collective has the full legal protection of Venezuela. The next day, the Trump administration unilaterally put in place sanctions. These illegal coercive measures by the United States are another violation of international law by the United State.

What has been accomplished in the last few days is a tremendous achievement in preventing the illegal seizure of an embassy of a sovereign country by the Trump administration.

Every day that the embassy remains free from illegal seizure constitutes an important victory. But we have reached a new, critical juncture that will take place this weekend. With their unlawful actions fully exposed in the past two days, the Trump administration is re-calibrating.

It is urgent that progressive people from all over the country join us this weekend starting at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and continue this mobilization throughout the weekend. For those who can stay the night on Saturday night inside the embassy, we request that you fill out this form.   

Anti-war, peace and progressive activists who are inside the embassy are lawfully present as the invited guests of the Venezuelan government, the owner of the property. It has been the presence of all of these activists at the embassy that has prevented the Trump administration from carrying out this brazen act of piracy. We can do it again. We must do it again.

We have turned the illegal takeover of the embassy into a lose-lose situation for the Trump administration and their puppet fake government. If they obey international law and DC law and allow us to remain, it is a victory for the Venezuelan people. If they illegally evict and arrest us, the narrative will show the world that embassies in the United States are not safe from US takeover as the Vienna Convention is being wantonly violated.

The more people who join us, the stronger our victory and the greater the likelihood that the Trump administration will be stopped.

We are making history — each one of us can make a difference. If you are retired, if you have vacation time, if you can take the weekend off, if you have any availability, please make it a top priority to come to Washington, D.C. this Saturday and Sunday and join the Embassy Protection Collective in this historic struggle to defend the sovereignty and independence of the people of Venezuela.

Fill Out This Form If You Can Help Protect The Embassy

D.C. Embassy — Owned by Venezuela — Is Protected by International Law: US Activists Vow to Resist Illegal Eviction

The ANSWER Coalition

WASHINGTON, DC (April 25, 2019) — People from all over the United States came to Washington, D.C. and joined together last night at the Venezuelan Embassy in a powerful demonstration of solidarity with the people of Venezuela. While banners were hung from outside the windows of the Embassy, people held a night of political education and tactical discussions. The ongoing Embassy Protection Collective continues to prevent the U.S. government from illegally seizing the Embassy of Venezuela in Washington, D.C.

The Embassy building, located in Georgetown, is owned by the Venezuelan government and is a protected international compound by the Vienna Conventions. Progressive activists have been working and living inside the Embassy as invited guests for weeks.

The Embassy Protection Collective was initiated by CODEPINK and Popular Resistance, and the ANSWER Coalition has been mobilizing support for this effort in Washington and around the country. Many ANSWER volunteers and organizers are inside the Embassy.

“The people inside this Embassy are here at the invitation of its lawful owner, the Government of Venezuela,” said ANSWER’s National Director Brian Becker. “The Trump administration is acting as the world’s number one international pirate as it seizes Venezuelan assets, properties and diplomatic compounds.

In pure colonial fashion, U.S. and European entities have grabbed hold of Venezuela’s oil revenue, gold reserves and bank accounts — while openly championing the Monroe Doctrine. We are joining with the people of the world to declare that the days of the Monroe Doctrine are over.”

Becker continued, “Any action to evict the Embassy’s current tenant guests by the MPD, Secret Service or other police agencies would be an illegal and unlawful arrest under both D.C. and international law.

What we are doing here in this Embassy is not an act of civil disobedience. International law and D.C. law are on our side. The violator of these laws — the criminal in this case — is none other than the Trump White House and the U.S. State Department.”

A letter was sent last night from the Embassy Protection Collective, with the assistance of lawyer Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, to the U.S. State Department: 

Members of the Embassy Protection Collective are writing to make it expressly clear and ensure all personnel are put on notice that any arrest of persons inside the embassy would constitute an unlawful arrest. We understand from our communications with your office that you are threatening to arrest persons inside the Venezuelan embassy.

Not only are we here at the invitation of persons lawfully in charge of the premises but we are also here as people with lawful rights under Washington, DC tenancy law.

It is our intention to hold responsible any person who orders or effectuates any unlawful actions against us.

We have received no eviction notice and due process opportunity to challenge any attempted eviction as is required by law.

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Here is the address to the Venezuelan Embassy:

Embassy of Venezuela
1099 30th St NW
Washington, DC 20007
United States
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