Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido have taken control of three diplomatic buildings in the United States, the State Department said Monday night.
Spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters that Guaido's followers had been in possession of two military attaché installations in Washington DC and the Venezuelan Consulate in New York. Palladino added that the Trump administration "likes to support these requests".
Carlos Vecchio, Guaido's ambassador to the United States, posted on Twitter videos of diplomats and militants walking through the empty buildings. At the Consulate in Midtown Manhattan, employees removed pictures of controversial Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez from the walls.
"It is impossible to feel any emotion as we enter this homeland, the sovereign territory of our #Venezuela, freed from the usurper regime of Maduro," tweeted Gustavo Marcano, another pro-Guaido official. "This will happen in our country when the usurpation stops!"
In another diplomatic coup for the opposition, Panama also accepted a Guaido loyalist as Venezuelan ambassador on Monday.
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The Maduro government described the takeover by Guaido supporters as a "forced and illegal occupation" and called on the Trump administration, the promptly reverse said de facto forced occupation. "1
The last US diplomats left in Venezuela left the Embassy in Caracas and flew home last Thursday, and Maduro has broken diplomatic relations with the United States despite being loyal diplomats in the United States have remained as representatives of the United Nations and the Organization of American States.
CLICK HERE TO OBTAIN THE FOX NEWS APP Washington has thrown its support behind Guaido since he left on 23 May. The United States and about 50 other countries have recognized Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, and its claim that Maduro was reelected last year supports an allegedly erroneous vote.
Maduro claims that Guaido is a co-worker a US plan to sue the government in Venezuela where the population was subject to hyperinflation and a dangerous shortage of medicines and other necessities that the opposition accused the government's socialist of
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.