Activists Protect Venezuelan Embassy From US-Supported Coup | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Activists Protect Venezuelan Embassy From US-Supported Coup

Authored by Medea Benjamin and Kevin Zeese via CommonDreams.org,

An extraordinary chapter in the ongoing saga of Venezuela has been taking place, virtually unnoticed, at the Venezuela Embassy that lies in the heart of swanky Georgetown in Washington DC.

A group initiated by CODEPINK and Popular Resistance, all activists opposed to the prospect of the Venezuelan opposition taking over the Embassy, have been living inside the building for the past two weeks, working side-by-side with the skeletal Venezuela diplomatic staff that has been told by the State Department that they must leave by April 24.

Calling ourselves the Embassy Protection Collective, we have been working in the embassy during the day, holding educational events every evening, making banners and signs, and sleeping on couches at night. The evening events have included seminars on Julian Assange, US foreign policy in Africa, the history of Venezuela, and update on Honduras and El Salvador. The night before we expect the embassy takeover to occur, April 24, we will have a talk by former CIA officer, John Kiriakou, who will give an insider's view of US regime change operations.

The Embassy Protectors also decorated the Embassy with signs and banners that are giving the Georgetown neighbors a good education. A large banner right above the Venezuelan flag says “End the Deadly Sanctions.” Two placards are bolted on the wall next to the stately building columns: One is an “imperial checklist” about how to orchestrate a coup, another shows the consequences of some of the past US interventions. Thirty-two signs are in the windows, giving a chronology of the attempted Venezuelan coup. The banner that evokes the most curiosity from passersby is the iconic “Eyes of Chavez” – a design representing Hugo Chavez’s piercing eyes that is painted on murals all over Venezuela.

The Collective has good reason to believe the embassy is under attack. On March 18, representatives of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido took over the military attaché building on 2409 California St. in Washington DC, with the help of the DC Police and Secret Service. On that same day, they also took over the Venezuelan Consulate in New York City.

According to Article 22 of the 1961 Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic Relations, diplomatic premises are “inviolable.” Moreover, the receiving State must protect the premises against any “intrusion, disturbance of the peace or impairment of its dignity.” A takeover by an unelected government would certainly violate these principles. Like it or not, the Maduro government is actually the government in power in Venezuela and is recognized by the United Nations. This Trump-orchestrated plan of creating a parallel government and then simply taking over diplomatic premises is totally illegal

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What really gets me, in the American way of doing politics, is that we are always, come our (alleged) national election day, voting for the lesser of two evils; and it boils down to that, because in order to be "presented" to the American people as a "great opportunity" to move our country forward.

Unfortunately, it is really the Deep State; the military industrial complex; and the large corporations which have already "chosen" the candidates for us, perhaps not in the "smoke filled rooms" of yesterday, but the 21st century's equivalent thereof.

Mike and I have watched the Trump presidency very carefully, to see if there were going to be any real, fundamental answers to the questions and concerns dogging We the People, and with the tiny exception of a little bit of braggadocio, on Trump's part, regarding illegal immigrants (so far, sound and fury, signifying not one heck of a lot), the short answer is, HELL, no!

The tax cuts upon which he waxed most poetic, have really only favored the already well-monied; the wars we hoped that he would shut down, have not been shut-down, but even further aggravated and intensified; and the sanctions and other attacks in Venezuela?!? Simply a shift in strategy to grab Venezuela's oil, when their first line of offence failed utterly, under Guaido, and flopped, miserably.

We are now looking at wars against China; North Korea; Iran; and Russia; and God only knows who else (most probably Africa, which has some of the most unclaimed natural resources in the world.).

And I have to ask my brother and sister Americans; can this be the same Trump who wrote "The Art of the Deal", now threatening the planet with aggressive wars of conquests, rather than trying to calm things down, in a responsible, measured, nuanced kind of way?!?

Day after day, President Trump reveals who he really is by the foreign policy he dictates; so now, we are dealing the terrifying revelation, that this man, unmasked, is a tyrannical cynical bully, who has, from day 1, been totally absorbed by the Neocon Borg, because he mimics precisely how they would deal with geopolitical issues.

War is his only answer to everything, as we are about to find out, unfortunately...And I think what we may be looking at, here at home, in the not too distant future, is the declaration of a National Emergency, ahead of the next US "Military Misadventure"; the suspension of the Constitution and Bill of Rights; and the resurrection of a draft in this country.

I frankly am experiencing very intense "buyers' remorse" on this guy right now, but folks; with the Dimentocrats having decided to ramrod a Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign down the throats of American voters in 2016, please: what choice did we actually have here?!?

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