Surround The Venezuelan Embassy With Love And Resistance

| Resist!

Above photo: By Adrienne Pine

Come to Washington, DC starting on Saturday, May 4 at 1:00 pm to set up a permanent presence of love and resistance in solidarity with the Embassy Protectors who are inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC. We will set up a pop-up tent across the street from the front of the embassy at 1099 30th St., NW.

We are asking our allies to surround the embassy with love and resistance to quell the hatred and violence coming from occupying right-wing extremists. Organize a few friends, your group or a bunch of groups and hold a solidarity rally outside the embassy. The best location is 30th Street, across from the entrance to the embassy.

Bring supplies for the protectors such as coffee, food, hygiene and cleaning products, socks and T shirts. The right-wing extremists are preventing supplies from getting into the embassy. Contact info@popularresistance.org if you are bringing supplies or CODEPINK or the ANSWER Coalition. 

SIGN ON TO THE DECLARATIONSign as an individual or organization in support of the Venezuelan’s right to determine their own government and control their embassies. CLICK HERE TO SIGN.

We are asking everyone to contact your member of Congress to demand that they:

  1. Respect the Vienna Convention of 1961 and protect the integrity of the embassy.

  2. Obey DC law by not evicting us from the premises without due process.

  3. Recognize that the elected and legitimate government of Venezuela is the administration of Nicolas Maduro as have the United Nations and over 140 countries.

The Embassy Protection Collective, a group of organizations and individuals, is residing and working in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC at the invitation of the elected Venezuelan government as an interim protectorate. We have taken on the responsibility for maintaining, cleaning, and caring for the building until a permanent protectorate for the embassy, in the form of a mutual formal agreement to find third-party host countries to safeguard the Venezuelan and U.S. embassies in Washington and Caracas, respectively is established. We have received innumerable messages of support and love from around the world. We are safe in the building, and our will is strong.

The right-wing group occupying the exterior of the building is violently harassing and attacking individuals who are outside protesting U.S. intervention. They are also blocking entrances to the building, and have caused extensive damage to the building’s exterior—including destroying security cameras, drilling into doors and hitting the garage door with a sledgehammer.

Many of the members of this group of Pan-American Trump supporters outside the building are white supremacists, shouting the most vulgar racist, misogynistic and homophobic insults and death threats imaginable at Embassy Protectors and our supporters. Numerous videotaped examples of this behavior have been published online.

The Secret Service has witnessed the violence of this right wing hate group against Embassy Protectors and our supporters and against the Embassy building, and has done nothing to discourage them. While the right-wing protestors have perpetrated numerous acts of violence against us, we have maintained a consistently disciplined and peaceful presence. Nonetheless, in all but one particularly egregious case of battery, the Secret Service has only detained individuals protesting U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Examples of charges leveled against us include “Tossing Missiles”—the offense listed on Ariel Gold’s arrest warrant for trying to throw lettuce to Embassy Protectors, as the right-wing group has been blocking people and supplies from coming in the building.

Allowing unelected, failed Venezuelan coup mongers—who are taking their orders from war criminal and genocide abettor Elliott Abrams and others in the Trump administration—to take the embassy would be an escalation of international aggression. It would also be a violation of Article 22 of the 1961 Vienna Conventions, on Diplomatic Relations, which is explicit that foreign embassies should be protected by the host government and their space should not be violated even when countries are at war or have severed diplomatic relations. Specifically, international law requires:

  1. The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter them, except with the consent of the head of the mission.

  2. The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity.

  3. The premises of the mission, their furnishings and other property thereon and the means of transport of the mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution.

Here is a list of organizations that have signed onto the Embassy Protection Collective Declaration:

ANSWER Coalition

CODEPINK

Popular Resistance

Chicago ALBA Solidarity

Alliance for Global Justice

Tortilla con Sal Collective

MARCH ON THE PENTAGON

Echoes of Silence Environmental and Latin America Solidarity Collective

Veterans For Peace

Casa Baltimore/Limay

Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)

International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity

U.S. Peace Council

Green Party of Monmouth County NJ

CEO Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm

National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy

Party of Communists USA

Movement 4 Peoples’ Democracy

Solidarity with Novorossiya & Antifascists in Ukraine

Orinoco Tribune

U. S. Friends of the Soviet People

New Progressive Alliance

RiveraSun.com

Knowdrones.com

US PEACE COUNCIL

DC Venezuela Action Network

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Alliance for Global Justice

International Action Center

No War On Venezuela Campaign

International Action Center

Canadian Peace Congress

National Lawyers Guild International Committee

Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press

Labor Community Alliance of South Florida

Environmentalists Against War

NH Veterans for Peace

The Campaign to End US and Canada Sanctions against Venezuela

International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity

Coop Anti-War Cafe Berlin

Berliner Alliance “Hands off Venezuela”

Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality

Trade Justice Alliance Alliance

National Network on Cuba (NNOC),.

Rooms for PEACE

Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems

Veterans For Peace Chapter 180 – Fresno

The Literacy Project

COASAP

No War On Venezuela Campaign

Chicago Anti-War Coalition

Veterans For Peace, Chapter 23, Rochester, NY

Community Organizing Center

Veterans For Peace Chap 122

White Rabbit Grove RDNA

Peace and Freedom Party

World Union of Freethinkers

Axis of Logic www.axisoflogic.com

Veterans for Peace Chapter 23, Rochester, NY

Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign

Refuge Ministries of Tampa Bay/International

Revolutionary Road radio show

ECOTERRA International

Greater Brunswick PeaceWorks

Veterans For Peace

Youth Against War and Racism

Victor Jara Riksförbundet-Sverige

Witness for Peace Southwest

Veterans For Peace – NYC Chapter 034

International Peace Research Association

San Diego County Central Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party of California

Veterans For Peace Ch 27

Carlos Baliño Institute

Central America Solidarity Coalition.

National Network on Cuba

Mütter gegen den Krieg Berlin-Brandenburg

The Korean American National Coordinating Council

Kingdom of Heaven

Minnesota Peace Action Coalition

Corruption Watch USA

Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice

Peoples Power Assembly

Struggle La Lucha

Socialist Unity Party

Earth Evolution

New Progressive Alliance

phogg phoundation/y.e.s.

United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)

Raging Grannies

Chico 350

Scientists4mekong

Maine WTR Resource Center

Comité Santrichlibre

Centro de investigación y estudio de fronteras

Centro de investigación y Estudios de Fronteras

La Junta (Perú)

Code Black

AlbanyPark, North Park, Mayfair Neighbors for Peace and Justice (Chicago)

March19th Anti-War Coalition (Chicago)

Friends of Latin America

Colectivo Trinchera Revolucionaria

Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice Venezuela Solidarity Campaign – Vancouver, CA

Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO) – Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC)

Friends of Cuba Against the US Blockade – Vancouver, Canada

Keeton Corporation

Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests

SOARPAL

Asociación Paz Climática

Traprock Center for Peace and Justice

Women Against Military Madness

Albuquerque Chapter 63, Veterans For Peace

Socialist Revolution (IMT)

Vrede met Venezuela

Task Force on the Americas

Marcha Patriotica Capítulo California

Maine Green Independent Party

National Council of Gray Panthers Networks

Ecumenical Peace Institute/Clergy & Laity Concerned

Veterans For Peace

CovertAction Magazine

Fundación Familia y Ambiente FUNDAFAM

Hilton Head for Peace

Veterans For Peace Chapter 72

Red Ecológica de Chile

Squawk Radio

Peace Action Committee of the Green Party of the United States

We Act Radio

La Cuadra Patriota

Ford Law AZ

Show Up! America

Western Mass. Venezuela Solidarity Coalition

First Nations Enforcement Agency

Circle of Compassion

Arise For Social Justice

Central America Solidarity Coalition and the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice.

Global Coalition for Peace

The WomXn’s Freedom Collective Party

Comité de Base FMLN, Adelaide, Australia.

Pittsburgh Anti-Imperialist League

Red de Intelectuales, Artistas y Movimientos Sociales en Defensa de la Humanidad REDH

Earth/Animal Liberation Front

Izquierda Unida Venezuela

People’s Liberation Party

Center Student Struggle for National Liberation

The WomXn’s Freedom Collective Party

PEMBEBASAN (PUSAT PERJUANGAN MAHASISWA UNTUK PEMBEBASAN NASIONAL)

St. Pete for Peace

Center for Student Struggle for the National Liberation of Collectives in Ternate City, North

Maluku

Green Party of Alameda County

Australia-Venezuela Solidatity Network

PEMBEBASAN

S.P.A.N (Stop Police AbuseNow)

Serikat Kobelco Indonesia

Front Mahasiswa Demokratik (FMD)

SPRI

CPGB-ML

Perserikatan Sosialis (Indonesia)

Sindicales de la Lucha Popular en Indonesia/Serikat Perjuangan Rakyat Indonesia

Elders Rising

Kreisverband DIE LINKE Oberhausen, Paroli e.V.

Green Party of Allegheny County

Embassy Protection Collective

Asociación Americana de Juristas

Haiti Liberté Newspaper

Green Party Of Bay County

MOV. Ecuatoriano Alfarista Bolivariano MEAB

Gammon Law Office, PLLC

Nicaragua Center for Community Action

U&Us Padova (Italy)

Peace Action WI

Beyond War and Militarism, Syracuse, NY