Liberal activists of the Code-Pink anti-war group refuse to leave the abandoned Venezuelan embassy in Washington and vowed to protect the building from "hostile takeovers" because the US State Department calls them "invaders" and calls them to it to let.
About 50 activists of the regime have been living in the building for several weeks to support the embattled socialist president Nicolas Maduro. In recent days, they have collided with supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaido at the embassy in front of the embassy, who called for a military uprising in Venezuela and is supported by the Trump government.
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"We feel that the elected government and government holding power and recognized by the United Nations Government is the Maduro government, and they deserve to have their message here, "co-founder Code Pink Medea Benjamin told Fox News in an interview at the Embassy in Georgetown, DC, when the activists were drenched with rain outside. "That's why we were here."
The United States and other countries believe Maduro's recent election was fraudulent and have said that he is not the legitimate president of Venezuela. But Benjamin has repeatedly said activists are there to prevent a "hostile takeover" of the embassy. Benjamin said the group had permission from the Maduro government to stay at the embassy.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman urged activists to leave activists in a statement issued on Thursday and said, "All unauthorized people on the property are intruders." [1
On Tuesday, the flag waving and national anthems protesters, many of whom were born in Venezuela, superior to those of Code Pink quickly were you gathered outside the embassy to protest against the presence of. Encourage Code Pink members to protest and urge them to leave.
"This group – the Code Pink – has taken the message," said a 40-year-old Giuliano Gandullia, a pro-Guaido protester, told Fox News Embassy "We want to come in. We want to take over and show it's ours."
The gathering of protesters on Tuesday forced the city police in Washington, 30th Street Close as uniformed intelligence officers stood between the Maduro and Guaido demonstrators.
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But during the protest action the police were on the scene, the activists were not arrested or expelled.
Alaina Gertz, a spokeswoman for the DC police, said every police "The involvement would be in public space and not in diplomatic possession."
A spokesman for the intelligence service said the intelligence department's foreign missions department is patrolling diplomatic locations in Washington's embassy district, and officers have been safe on the ground during ongoing demonstrations.
Two Pink Code demonstrators were at the door This week's message had a sign saying "Steer clear of Venezuela". Another sign on the building read: "Nicolas Maduro is the president."
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Thursday afternoon, in the middle of Paris As a rainstorm, Benjamin said the group was not afraid of expulsion and would not think about what the activists would do if Maduro left the country.
"I think it's a stupid question," Benjamin said. "Because Maduro will not go."
Code Pink refers to the group's presence as the "Embassy Civilian Protection Collective," stating that the protesters who support Guaido are preventing new people, food, and supplies from entering the building. Until recently, the group said they had a good time.
"Inside it's a very good collective – until this very aggressive mob showed up," said Benjamin. "We had events every night. We did educational activities. We had over a hundred people attending the events.
Meanwhile, Guaido protesters are outside the embassy with signs like "Venezuela wants democracy, not another Cuba". In demonstrations, these demonstrators emphasized that they are from Venezuela – unlike many Pink Pink demonstrators.
"These people are not Venezuelans. You have no passport. They do not have our ID cards, "said 32-year-old Clemente Pinate, who said he was out of the country and came to the United States at 12.
The Guaido protesters call Bullhorn's Code Pink at the embassy Maduro officially closed earlier this year.
"We are here today to denounce the misuse of Code Pink," said Carla Bustillos, 39. "This is a Venezuelan property." , It is an advantage of the nation, and the nation is now facing a transition – a transition to democracy. "