Activists supporting Nicolas Maduro held the Venezuelan Embassy in the United States since mid-April. On May 24, opposition supporters managed to oust them from the building.
The opposition of Venezuela to the United States Carlos Vecchio announced that the country’s Embassy in Washington seized by self-proclaimed supporters of Venezuelan President Juan Guaido.
“Our Embassy is free. The end of the dictatorship is near,” he wrote.
In the photos and videos that he published in his account, you can see how Vecchio, together with his colleagues, hangs a banner from the Embassy window with the inscription “Glory of free Venezuela” and the flag of the country.
After the liberation of the Embassy, Vecchio said that he and his supporters would assess the damage caused to the building by activists supporting Nicolas Maduro. The last month and a half, since mid-April, they controlled the building.
On the side of Maduro in Washington were activists of the human rights organization Global Exchange and the anti-war movement Code Pink. All this time outside the Embassy there were the supporters of the leader of the Venezuelan opposition Juan, Guido previously declared himself interim President. They wanted Maduro’s supporters to leave the building. On May 9, representatives of the activists said that the building of the Embassy turned off electricity; on May 12, they turned off the water. One of the leaders of activists Medea Benjamin said that the American authorities are trying to expel them out of the Embassy. On May 14, police tried to withdraw Maduro’s supporters from the Embassy.