Press Conference Outside the Venezuelan Embassy 5/2/19

Code Pink's Medea Benjamin and Partnership for Civil Justice attorney Mara Verhayden-Hilliard describe the Secret Service's facilitation of violence perpetrated against the building and occupants of the Venezuelan Embassy by anti-Maduro activists. Opposition activists blast a siren throughout.

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From Code Pink:

On Tuesday the opposition began gathering outside where they started engaging in harassment, sexist behavior, and using racial slurs. Please join us at 1:00 PM Saturday, May 4 in a peaceful, beautiful celebration of life as we circle the embassy that has been infiltrated with hate and violence. Join us to rally in peace, just as we want peace for the people of Venezuela.

What: ALL OUT! Peace with Venezuela Rally

When: 1:00PM-4:00PM

Where: 1099 30th St. NW Washington, D.C. 20007

As you are reading this, hundreds of Guiado supporters have gathered in front of the Embassy. They have assaulted Ariel, Medea, and many other members of our team and they are attempting  to take over the property. We need your help to protect the embassy and counter the hatred and violence of the opposition.

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Video from the night of 5/3 from inside the Embassy as pro-Guaido vandals attempt to break through the doors:

Dear Sirs, 

At this moment, the violent mob that you have allowed to continually commit acts of violence against persons and property at the Venezuelan embassy is actively working to smash in the doors while your officers give permission to the assault and explicitly refuse to intervene.

As you know, and your officers have witnessed, members of this mob have physically attacked and made death threats to the peace activists who are inside and around the embassy. This presence inside the embassy, as you also know, is lawful, as the peace activists were invited inside the embassy by those lawfully in charge of the premises.

There has been no action that has divested them of the right to be inside the embassy or lawful process that could authorize removal.

Instead you are authorizing a vigilante group to attack the peace activists inside.

You must take action immediately to cease this assault, and ensure that there is no violence against the persons inside. They are in grave danger from the mob you have facilitated and authorized to besiege the embassy.

You are responsible for any acts of violence that will be committed against these peace activists inside the embassy. 


Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Esq.

on behalf of the Embassy Protection Collective

Partnership for Civil Justice Fund