Please share this urgent appeal:
Defend the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C.
A 72-year-old man, Gerry Condon of Veterans for Peace, was beaten and arrested by U.S. Secret Service last night at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C., as he tried to pass food to members of the Embassy Protection Collective inside. The Embassy defenders are there with the permission of President Maduro to safeguard the building against takeover by the fascist supporters of Juan Guaido who have surrounded it. Since May 2, several friends of the Bolivarian Revolution have been brutalized and arrested.
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After this attack, additional police surrounded the Embassy. The electricity and water were cut off. Embassy defenders believe a raid is imminent. This is a clear violation of human rights and of international sovereignty by the U.S. government. The Embassy is the sovereign territory of Venezuela.
We are calling on all leftist, progressive and democratic minded people around the world to come to the defense of the Embassy Protection Collective and the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington. Those who can do so should come to the Embassy. Those who cannot should help spread the word, get it into the world media, and shine a spotlight on the crimes being committed and planned by the Trump regime and its co-conspirators from the Democratic and Republican parties.
An embassy staff member said: “The best way to help is to come out to counter-protest. As far as I’m concerned, this has become bigger than Venezuela. It’s about international law and more importantly, it’s about standing up to hate, fascism and white supremacy. Also, for folks who come, imagine the vilest way a stranger can insult you. It’ll be worse. But you’ll have love and solidarity from people on our side.”
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Here are suggestions for what people can do:
- Organize caravans, buses to the embassy in Washington, or assist in that effort. To find out how you can call the Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly at (443) 221-3775.
- If you’re unable to come to the embassy, organize a demonstration at a federal building, U.S. Embassy, or anywhere you feel would show the most solidarity with the people of Venezuela.
- Call to demand that your government representatives stop being complicit in breaking international law. Demand that Venezuelan embassy protectors be allowed food, water, electricity and safe passage in and out of the embassy. End harassment and violence by the police and Secret Service. Here’s how:
- Go here to find your representative
- Call DC Mayor Muriel Bowser: (202) 727-2643
- Call State Department Office of Foreign Missions: (202) 895-3500
- Call Secret Service DC Field Office: (202) 406-8800
Please come to D.C. to help defend the embassy. The address is 1099 30th Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. For updates and more information on how to help, visit “Embassy Protection Collective” on Facebook or Struggle-La-Lucha.org.