Communist Code Pink took it upon themselves to seize the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC but they got a surprise… outraged Venezuelans ripped them for supporting the socialist dictator Maduro – the butcher of Venezuela. Code Pink is an anti-war group that never met a communist regime they did not adore. They claim they are defending the embassy from a “hostile takeover” as the U.S. State Department labels them “trespassers” and calls on them to leave.
Approximately 50 pro-regime radicals have been holing up illegally inside the building for the last several weeks in support of Maduro. In recent days, they’ve clashed outside the embassy with supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has called for a military uprising in Venezuela and has the support of the Trump administration.
“We feel that the elected government and the government that holds power and the government that’s recognized by the United Nations is the Maduro government, and they deserve to have their embassy here,” Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin told Fox News in an interview outside the embassy in DC’s Georgetown neighborhood, as rain drenched the activists outside. “That’s why we’ve been here.”
America and a whole list of other countries don’t recognize the results of the latest election in Venezuela – it was a fraudulent hoax to keep Maduro in power. Maduro is not the legitimate president of the country anymore. But Benjamin has repeatedly said activists are there to prevent a “hostile takeover” of the embassy which is idiotic. Benjamin said the group has the permission of the Maduro government to stay in the embassy.
.@codepink is a harmless joke of an organization. But this LARPing at the Venezuelan embassy is mildly sinister. Millions of Venezuelans struggle for free and fair elections. And Code Pink defends Venezuela's tyrant. Call this stunt what it is, an act of moral illiteracy.
— Eli Lake (@EliLake) May 3, 2019
A State Department spokesperson is demanding that Code Pink pack up and get out, saying, “Any unauthorized individuals on the property are trespassers.”
“The Venezuelan government, led by interim President Juan Guaido, has legal authority over the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC,” the spokesperson said, adding, “We encourage the remaining unauthorized individuals to vacate the building and to conduct any future protest peacefully and through legal means.”
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) May 2, 2019
From Fox News:
“On Tuesday, flag-waving and national-anthem singing demonstrators, many of whom were born in Venezuela, quickly outnumbered those from Code Pink. They gathered outside the embassy to protest Code Pink members’ presence, demanding they leave.
“This group – the Code Pink – has taken the embassy,” one pro-Guaido protester, Giuliano Gandullia, 40, told Fox News outside the embassy. “We want to enter. We want to take over. And demonstrate that it belongs to us.”
“The gathering of protesters on Tuesday forced city police in Washington to close down 30th Street, as uniformed Secret Service officers stood between the Maduro and Guaido protesters.
“But while law enforcement has been on the scene during protests, the activists inside have not been arrested or forced out.
“Alaina Gertz, a spokeswoman for the D.C. police, said any police “involvement would be on public space and not diplomatic property.”
“A Secret Service spokesman official said the Secret Service Uniformed Division’s Foreign Missions Branch patrols diplomatic locations in Washington’s embassy district, and officers have been on scene to public safety during ongoing demonstrations.
“Two Code Pink protesters standing at the door of the embassy this week held a sign that said: “Hands off Venezuela.” Another sign hanging from the building read, “Nicolas Maduro is the president.”
“On Thursday afternoon, amid a downpour, Benjamin said the group isn’t afraid of being evicted and wouldn’t contemplate what the activists would do if Maduro leaves the country.
“I think it’s a silly question,” Benjamin said. “Because Maduro is not going to leave.”
“Code Pink refers to the group’s presence as the “Embassy Civilian Protection Collective” and says the pro-Guaido protesters are stopping new people, food and supplies from getting inside the building. Until recently, the group said, they were enjoying themselves.
“Inside it’s a very good collective – until this very aggressive mob showed up,” Benjamin said. “We were having events every single night. We were doing educational activities. We had over 100 hundred people coming into the events.”
“Meanwhile, the pro-Guaido protesters are outside the embassy holding signs like “Venezuela wants Democracy, not another Cuba.” In interviews, these protesters emphasized that they are from Venezuela – unlike many of the Code Pink protesters.
“Those people right there, they’re not Venezuelan. They don’t have a passport. They don’t have our IDs,” said 32-year-old Clemente Pinate, who said he is from the country and came to the United States when he was 12.
“The Guaido protesters are using bullhorns to call on Code Pink to the leave the embassy, which was officially closed by Maduro earlier this year.
“We’re here today to denounce the trespassing of Code Pink,” said Carla Bustillos, 39. “This is a property of the people of Venezuela. It’s an asset of the nation, and the nation is now facing a transition — a transition to democracy.”’
Too funny…all these trolls supporting the Maduro regime are simply outraged that I would suggest handling @codepink usurping the #Venezuela embassy in Washington in the same manner as Maduro treats his own people…no water, no electricity, feeding them CRAP I mean CLAP…
— Eric Farnsworth (@ericfarns) May 2, 2019
“[Code Pink] is a harmless joke of an organization. But this LARPing at the Venezuelan embassy is mildly sinister. Millions of Venezuelans struggle for free and fair elections. And Code Pink defends Venezuela’s tyrant,” Bloomberg opinion columnist Eli Lake tweeted, “Call this stunt what it is, an act of moral illiteracy.” He’s not wrong. Good for him.
Tom Rogan writes for the Washington Examiner and pointed this out: “Title 18, Chapter 7, Section 112-B of the U.S. criminal code makes it a federal offense to interfere with the lawful activities of a foreign diplomatic officer or facility.” All of them should be arrested immediately and thrown in jail.
CodePink national co-director Ariel Gold spoke with Democracy Now! earlier this week about why she and other activists are occupying the Venezuelan embassy in D.C. "We call ourselves the Embassy Protection Collective," she said. https://t.co/tEiNGCJ8eY pic.twitter.com/RMQs2PlDu4
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) May 2, 2019
Code Pink has shown no sign of vacating the premises. When Guaido’s appointed representative, Gustavo Tarre Briceño, arrived at the Georgetown building, he was called an “assassin” and a “puppet of the U.S. government.” The group also put out a call for reinforcements, saying, “To all who care about protecting international law & preventing another catastrophic US regime change operation: COME TO THE VENEZUELAN EMBASSY IN DC TOMORROW!”
Off and on for days now, DC-area Venezuelans have been protesting the Americans inside the embassy and have sounded sirens, beat on doors, and made noise to irritate Code Pink. To no avail. The police should drag Code Pink out of there in front of the cameras… make it very public. What happened to the rule of law in DC? The Secret Service arrested a Code Pink activist for throwing food and that’s it. Disgraceful.
We are a hair’s width from intervening in Venezuela. Perhaps if and when that happens, the police will finally remove these communists once and for all.
They all stood to sing the national anthem. Several here began to cry.
The embassy has become a proxy fight for pro- and anti-Maduro groups, but the factions out here are split along ethnic lines. The pro-Maduro group inside are Americans. Opposition supporters are Venezuelan. pic.twitter.com/zxSAeceIZB
— Marissa J. Lang (@Marissa_Jae) May 1, 2019
These Americans claim they are working to counter American imperialism, but in fact they are unlawfully occupying a foreign embassy without its government's permission.@TomRTweets explains: https://t.co/cL43ZgfeT4
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 3, 2019
The U.S. must remain strong in its support of the Venezuelan people and the legitimate government led by interim president @jguaido.
— Rep. Scott Tipton (@RepTipton) May 3, 2019
How OAS imposter @tarrebriceno was welcomed at the Maduro government's US embassy today:
"You are not welcome here! This is not your embassy!"
"You are an assassin!"
"Tarre: denounce the US sanctions that are killing your ppl in VZLA!"
"You're a puppet of the US government!" pic.twitter.com/e59wdPPyWG
— Anya Parampil (@anyaparampil) May 3, 2019
To all who care about protecting international law & preventing another catastrophic US regime change operation:
COME TO THE VENEZUELAN EMBASSY IN DC TOMORROW!
As the thuggish opposition harasses and assaults peace activists, let's surround the embassy with love & resistance!
— CODEPINK (@codepink) May 3, 2019
Amy Goodman, the most leftist journalist, asks the Code Pink crowds that support the dictator Maduro in #Venezuela "Are there any Venezuelans among you"
The answer is No!
Code Pink is a tool from different dictatorships to maintain the status quo!pic.twitter.com/zkMoov2M7n
— Iranian American (@IranLionness) May 4, 2019
#NOW outside of embassy: a Code Pink member is arrested for ATTACKING A PREGNANT OPPOSITION PROTESTER. And you claim to be peaceful, this is what Maduro supporters look like. Shame on YOU! #OperationLibertyDC #venezuela #OperaciónLibertad pic.twitter.com/B4uAUtT76d
— Ask a Venezuelan (@askavenezuelan) May 3, 2019
HERE IS THE VIDEO OF WHEN THIS CODE PINK MEMBER TRIED TO FORCE HIMSELF INTO THE EMBASSY ILLEGALLY PAST A PREGNANT VENEZUELAN. 0 RESPECT!!! #OperationLibertyDC #OperacionLibertad #Venezuela pic.twitter.com/jhtJbe5mw0
— Ask a Venezuelan (@askavenezuelan) May 3, 2019
situation outside the Venezuelan embassy in DC now. Code pink activists are getting food in through windows to continue their illegal invasion of Venezuelan territory. we need your help to end this NOW! #OperationLibertyDC #Venezuela #OperacionLibertad pic.twitter.com/mSVeGUAcyz
— Ask a Venezuelan (@askavenezuelan) May 3, 2019
— Art Fridrich (@Ahighervision) May 4, 2019