Between Issues


Originally published to the Virginia Defender Facebook page on May 13, 2019. Reproduced here for accessibility and archival purposes.

By Phil Wilayto

May 13, 9:30 pm: It looks like the D.C. police came to arrest the four protectors still in the Venezuelan Embassy, but, according to Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, they didn’t bring an arrest warrant.

Let’s say that again: the cops did not bring an arrest warrant! Medea said that, because this is an embassy, they may have to go all the way up to the U.S. Attorney General to get one.

As previously reported, the cops have been stopping supporters from bringing in food and water, so some of the other protectors had already left the building so the remaining ones could stay longer with fewer mouths to feed. The four remaining protectors – Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese of Popular Resistance and two other activists whose names the Defender does not yet have – came to the door of the embassy and said they would be happy to leave voluntarily if the U.S. government would abide by international law, which must mean agreeing not to turn the embassy over to representatives of the pretend government of Juan Guaido. The protectors were later seen waving at supporters from the second-story window.

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