US Raid on the Venezuelan Embassy Violates Vienna Convention and Undermines Regional Sovereignty

The US raid on the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC and the arrest of the four protectors from the Embassy Protection Collective constitutes a flagrant violation of the Vienna Convention of 1961 and represents a new low in Washington’s conduct of hemispheric affairs. This serious violation of a diplomatic mission and the arrest of its invited protectors undermines the sanctity of embassies not only in the United States, but also throughout the world.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson delivered food to peace activists protecting the Embassy of Venezuela in Washington DC

Jesse Jackson, the historic icon of the civil rights movement, visited the besieged Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC, to support peace and oppose a US war against Venezuela. Rev. Jackson also helped deliver food to the Embassy Protection Collective.

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COHA rejects police attempt to evict activists protecting the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC

This is the 34th day of our living in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC. We are prepared to stay another 34 days, or however long is needed to resolve the embassy dispute in a peaceful way consistent with international law. This memo is being sent to the US and Venezuela as well as members of our Collective and allies. We are encouraging people to publish this memo as a transparent process is needed to prevent the US from making a unilateral decision that could impact the security of embassies around the world and lead to military conflict.

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The U.S.’ Refusal of Entry to Arnold August Is a Dangerous Precedent for All Activists

On March 16, 2019, more than 1000 activists from across the U.S. gathered in Washington, DC for the “U.S Hands Off Venezuela!” demonstration.  However, Canadian journalist Arnold August was not one of them – earlier in the day he was unjustly denied entry into the United States at U.S. Customs and Immigration in the Montreal Airport. 

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