Protectors of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC prepare to make their case against the unlimited resources of the US Government
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Published on Popular Resistance, June 18, 2019
The Embassy Protectors are continuing their efforts in solidarity with the people of Venezuela by defending themselves in federal court. The next hearing of the four Embassy Protectors, who were arrested when law enforcement raided the Venezuelan Embassy, is July 9 at 9:30 am before the chief judge of the US District Court in Washington, DC, Judge Beryl A. Howell. If convicted, the Embassy Protectors are facing up to one year in prison and up to a $100,000 fine.
Do you have our back? Donate to the Embassy Protector support fund so Embassy Protectors can defend themselves against prosecution by the US government. Donate here.
The Embassy Protectors were serving as interim embassy protectors with the permission of the democratically-elected Venezuelan government, but have ironically been charged with “Interference with certain protective functions,” a federal offense (18 U.S. Code §”118).
In reality, the State Department was failing to protect the embassy as it allowed pro-coup advocates to break windows and doors, break and enter into the building, deface the building and assault people outside the building while threatening those inside the building. The Embassy Protectors were seeking to ensure the Vienna Convention and international law were upheld.
The Embassy Protectors have organized a strong legal team that will defend against the federal charges. We know the United States has virtually unlimited resources and the Trump administration is angry that the protection of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC got international news coverage and put a spotlight on the US violation of the Vienna Convention by illegally invading the embassy with more than 100 police, many in paramilitary gear, and allowing a fictional ambassador of a failed US coup to treat the embassy as his own.
To respond to the US prosecution the Embassy Protectors need the resources to put on a strong defense.
The Embassy Protection Collective delayed the US takeover of the Venezuelan Embassy for 37 days. Donate to their defense so they can continue to challenge US imperialism and military intervention. Donate here.