Saturday, May 11, 2019


Activists continue defending the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. against the opposition’s mob and the U.S. administration’s coup attempt. Today one activist messages from D.C.: “Our people in the Embassy are carrying on with strong commitment and determination.”  And they have to:  the Secret Service has cut off mail deliveries, and both water and electricity have been cut off, probably on orders from the White House—this despite both accounts being currently paid up by legitimate Embassy personnel,.  Read more at :

Civil Justice Fund lawyer, Mara Verheydden-Hilliard addressed these words to the Secret Service:
There has been no action that has divested [the Embassy Protection Collective] 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.

Opposition protesters (Ambrose Bierce for violent mobs aided and abetted by the Secret “Service” and the D.C. “police”) have been variously reported drilling holes into the Embassy building (protected under the Vienna Convention of 1961 according diplomatic immunity to Embassies throughout the world); blockading the main entrance and attempting to break down the door, damaging the garage door; attacking and blocking outside supporters from delivering food, and sanitary supplies; and creating deafening noise with the use of sirens and the beating of pots and pans.

For consolidated reading, you may wish to go to:

And for a sampling of mob violence, be sure to view the arrest of Veteran for Peace and author, Gerry Condon here:

Gerry Condon being arrested by the SS
(For background on Gerry Condon go to podcast )

What You Can Do:

The Embassy Protection Collective remains determined, even after water and electricity are cut off. Make calls to insist they be allowed food, water and medicine.

Find your representative and urge him/her to protect the Embassy from mob violence and assure the protection of those inside, the legitimately invited guests of the Venezuelan Government at:

For California: Feinstein 415 393-0707; Harris 415 981-9369; Lee 510 763-0370

Call D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser: 202 727-2643; demand D.C. Police defend victims and arrest their attackers, not the other way round.

Call State, Office of Foreign Missions at 202 895-3500. Remind them of 1961 Vienna Convention provisions for diplomatic protection for embassies all over the world, to which the U.S. is a signatory.

And have fun calling the Secret Service at 202 406-8800, extension 8 for the comment line. Talk fast. (It’s their goons seen manhandling Gerry Condon above.)


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