Police/Legal/Prisons

Police raid Embassy of Venezuala for second time, arrest remaining Embassy Defenders

Shortly before 10AM on the 16th of May, police raided the Embassy of Venezuala a second time. On territory where no US law enforcement has any jurisdiction unless invited by the government of the day(that's Maduro's government), they arrested the four remaining Embassy Defenders.

HD Video: Protesters at Venezualan Embassy shout down False Ambassador Carlos Vecchio after police raid 2 min 13 sec

29th st (backside of embassy area) about an hour after cops smashed their way in with a battering ram. Unknown who the ambulance was for

Defenders of Venezualan Embassy DEFEAT police raid w help from attorneys

At about 7PM on the 13th of May, police commenced a raid on the Embassy of Venezuala. The next few hours were very tough going as police sought to enter an embassy, which is far better protected than a normal office building, At around 9:40PM, police abandoned their failed raid as attorneys got control of the situation. The efforts of embassy protectors to deny the police "facts on the ground" bought time for attorneys and legalities to stop the raid.

Update May 15: Ongoing support rallies 6-8PM nightly

DC Media Group video of police entering only to be effectively escorted out by a Partnership for Civil Justice attorney 30 seconds

Some of the victorious defenders of the Embassy

Cops cut food haul rope at Venezualan Embassy to assist coup supporter's blockade

On the morning of May 13, supporters of the beseiged Embassy of Venezuala tried to again deliver food to the Embassy Protection Collective. This time around, police overtly supported the siege by grabbing and cutting the haul rope that was to be used to haul food to a window too high for coup supporters to enter by. Cops and the far-right always work hand in hand, blue uniforms by day and blue armbands by night(or in this case broad daylight.

1 min clip from Ford Fischer's video of cops cutting rope to block food delivery

Still from Ford Fischer's video of the cops cutting the rope to keep food out of the Embassy of Venezuala

Police assault activist at Venezualan Embassy rally after power and water cutoffs

On the 11th of May, activists held a rally at the Embassy of Venezuala to respond to the now-confirmed water cutoff as well as the power cutoff. Things again got nasty as police threw down an activist for trying to deliver food to the beseiged embassy. This is at least the second time police have met food with violence at this embassy

Compilation video of the day's events including the police assault (2 min 53 sec)

Video of assault by police on activist 16 sec, cut from longer twitter clip by Morgan Artyukhina

Chelsea Manning released, but maybe for only a week

On the 9th of May, grand jury resistor Chelsea Manning was released from jail as the grand jury investigating Julian Assange had ended its term. She has already received a new subpeona (for a new grand jury) for the 16th of May and is expected to be going back to jail at that time, as she has sworn never to cooperate with any grand jury.

Pro-Guaido Protesters and Thugs Protected by the Secret Service Descend on the Venezuelan Embassy (Video)

Guaido supporters rally in front of the Venezuelan Embassy calling for the removal of the Embassy Protection Collective. Secret Service has allowed them control of the front door of the embassy and also full access to the back door where they are free to harrass, intimidate and block anyone trying to enter the embassy or record their actions. Supporters of the embassy residents have been corralled to the opposite side of the street, giving opposition thugs complete control of the perimeter of the embassy.

Chelsea still in jail after 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reject appeal and rejects bail

On the 22nd of April, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Chelsea Manning's appeal and denied bail, keeping her in jail where she has been since the 9th of March for defying a grand jury's subpeona to snitch on (presumably) Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Of course, a "Grumbles" motion can be tried again at any time, since the root of it is to show that no amount of confinement can get the target to testify, making confinement punitive rather than probative and thus illegal for civil contempt. Only the U$ and Liberia still use grand juries at all.

Protesters show up at UK Embassy after arrest of Julian Assange

On the 11th of April, British police "forcibly removed" and arrested Julian Assange on an extradition warrant from the United Snakes after the government of Ecuador cravenly gave them a green light. That afternoon, protesters showed up at UK embassies all over the world. One of the protests was here in DC. Protesters are demanding that Assange (of Wikileaks) be released and NOT be extradicted to the US.

Video-the protest in front of the UK Embassy 1 min 40 sec

Black Lives Matter DCMPD 1st District Protest FullHD 60p

Video of Speakers at the April 4 Protest in front of the 1st District DCMPD headquarters YouTube Link

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