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May 16, 2019
SWAT Team Raids Venezuelan Embassy In DC To Cheers Of Guaido Supporters
A federal SWAT team breached the Venezuelan embassy in D.C. on Thursday morning, in a move the Maduro government has condemned as a violation of the Vienna Convention, which protects a nation’s embassy as sovereign territory.
The four remaining “Embassy Collective” activists who were remaining from among dozens of anti-war protesters who had been holed up in the embassy for the prior few weeks were arrested, according to local accounts.
The group had been defending the embassy since April 10 from what they described as a hostile and illegal potential takeover from pro-Guaido opposition supporters camped outside. The Maduro-supporting collective had the blessing of Venezuelan diplomatic authorities.
Subsequently, Carlos Vecchio – the Guaidó-appointed ambassador – tweeted his congratulations that the embassy had been “liberated,” further thanking the “Venezuelan diaspora” for helping.
The vocal anti-war group Code Pink had formed a core of the group which D.C. police and the Secret Service had reportedly considered as illegal squatters.
The raid was likely on orders from the highest levels of the State Department, given the US only recognizes Juan Guaido’s opposition movement as the only legitimate authority in Venezuela, even though it has no power domestically, but is a kind of government-in-exile.
News crews filed the federal agents storming the Venezuelan Embassy in Georgetown with a SWAT battering ram, after which an ambulance could be seen on the scene, but it was not immediately clear who was injured, or if there was any attempt among the four to resist arrest.