The Activists Who Defended The Venezuelan Embassy, ​​Won

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Above Photo: The activists resisted the siege for more than a month (Photo: EFE)

When Reverend Jesse Jackson, icon of the civil rights struggle in the States, delivered food to four activists at the Venezuelan embassy this Wednesday, a cold must have flowed through the back of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Every time the activists needed food or water, a public figure could be out there to give it to them and it would be much harder for the Secret Service and the anti-Chavistas to stop them. And if they did it with blows, the photo would go around the world as in fact it was happening with many of the clashes that took place outside the embassy.  

The reaction was immediate: a day later, Mike Pompeo ordered the State Department to invade the Venezuelan embassy in Washington in violation of articles 32 and 45 of the Vienna Convention, which states that the receiving State is in charge of protecting the diplomatic headquarters from another country, and in case of a rupture of relations, the custody of the same should be granted to a third State accepted by both parties.

Thus, the United States used the Vienna Convention as a toilet paper, after besieging the embassy for more than a month with the anti-Chavistas of squires.  


The wet dream of Juan Guaidó ended up being fulfilled: the United States, finally, invaded Venezuela, without clowns like its representative in the United States, Carlos Vecchio, could have avoided with his people, the bad swallow of seeing the pictures of Secret Service officers in the embassy.

The first thing to remember is that according to Vecchio’s arrogance, the taking of the embassy was little more than a formality in which he had to go to sign a paper and enter the big door, escorted by the Secret Service. The process, however, became entangled with time, so much so that he had to wait in line with the invasion order of the State Department.

His voice in a week recorded it fully: last Thursday celebrated euphoric as it was given a “share of failed socialism” to the 50 activists with the cut of electricity in the embassy, ​​and this Wednesday he prayed that the Reverend Jesse Jackcson would realize that “he supported a brutal dictatorship.”

Completely misplaced, Vecchio witnessed the coup of public opinion that the Embassy Protection Collective handed him out of the comfortable playing field in which anti-Chavez leaders give a pre-fabricated speech of “struggle against dictatorship and defense of human rights” . What was going to be a proceeding with a quota of fake epic (restorer of democracy) became a comedy of entanglements, where his followers were portrayed hitting American citizens.  

Instead, the pulse of the embassy became a kind of HD (or 3D) simulation of the US war against Venezuela. Live and direct, the American public observed how their own people were treated in the same way that Venezuelans are treated, beyond their political position.

In that sense, the cleavage that completely dislodged Vecchio was that the discussion began to pass through the division between those in favor and against a war in Venezuela.


In World War I, one of the fundamental tasks of the United States Public Information Commission was to sell to the Americans that entry into the struggle was necessary to defend their interests. “To accept something initially unwanted that followed a certain agenda,” wrote Walter Lipptman, one of the members of the commission. 

Edward Bernays, author of  Consent Engineer,  stated that “the best way to do it was to create news that appealed to the emotions of the public so that the ideas to be transported could come better”. The father of the false news thus determined that in this way a consensus could be drawn up in favor of the war.

At a certain point, what generated the Embassy Protection Collective was empathy with their cause to be located as the victims of the outrage of the Secret Service and the anti-Chavez mob. After all, they are Americans who are protesting against a war in Venezuela that would not fix any problem in the United States, like the other Tampooco did.

One of the most important achievements, in this direction, is to have broken the siege imposed on public opinion so that what happens in Venezuela, really, is discussed in depth, as happened in the times of Vietnam (when the war became in a headache of several American presidents).  

The simulation of the siege of Venezuela, in addition to being an exemplary act of solidarity, interposed a feeling that exists deep within American society. On the other side, Vecchio and company did everything possible to squander the little prestige they had obtained in public opinion in favor of their ignoble cause of siege and asphyxia against Venezuela. 


It may sound optimistic, but what happened at the embassy in Venezuela opened a gap that can hardly be closed: the Venezuelan cause allowed the US anti-war movement to warmly test the scope of this type of actions in the public opinion. Some time ago they have been doing it in social networks, alternative media. But this represents a significant leap forward in a US society that is in full boil because of the social conditions it is going through. 

The presidential campaign of 2020 is a fact that is going to be, in large part, about not making more wars, so the rise of anti-establishment dissident voices, possibly, influence the development of it. Those who defended the embassy of Venezuela, and put the body for it, have a number on that list. In a moment, where, in addition, it can happen that actions like this are repeated and perfected, being much more difficult to counteract them, as happened by way of the facts. 

Another big question that remains afloat, in this context of defense of embassies and announcements of dialogues in Norway, is whether Donald Trump in his campaign will want to stay: how the president went to a stupid war in Venezuela (or Iran) dragged by real insane as John Bolton? or the one who found a way out of the Venezuelan quagmire through negotiation? 

  • jwreitter

    Congrats to the Embassy Protectors! Job well done. The world is watching!

  • ThisOldMan

    Trump couldn’t negotiate his way out of a wet paper bag.

  • mwildfire

    Ironically, I had more trouble with the main body of this, presumably translated from Spanish, than with the embedded tweets in Spanish. But on the general thesis–I wonder. Americans generally trust their media, though they say they don’t. Or they trust some PART of it–Fox News but not the rest, or CNN and/or MSNBC but not Fox. And my impression is that none of them covered this story, despite its being such an exciting saga–to the degree they covered any part of it, or the larger campaign against Venezuela’s elected government, they were united in their lies. US media does not challenge the US government on foreign policy. Ever.

  • herbdavis

    Kevin Zeese is one lucky man. So am I and I know the value of a great partner.

  • thicks

    I wouldn’t be overly optimist about the US population hearing the truth about Venezuela. Having an article in poorly written English doesn’t do the cause any good either. But I commend the Embassy Protectors for their courage.

  • subcomandante Felix

    First, thanks to the embassy protectors and their supporters for much needed resistance under most difficult circumstances – yes they did win! I’m reminded of Sara Nelson’s recent barn burner speech at the Democratic Socialist dinner in Chicago, “People are Ready to Fight.” (It’s on Jacobin, check it out). Regarding “and now what,” the negotiations should drag on for at least a year. Trump really doesn’t want a war – at least until next summer. Let’s just hope he can rein in the psychopathic war criminals Bolton and Pompeo. Venezuela has a year to get ready (as do we), because war is coming. Trump knows that the only way he is going to win re-erection is by starting a war most likely with Venezuela or Iran. Unfortunately, I’m afraid it’s going to be the former – bullies always pick on the weak. Iran is a whole different matter. Even Trump is smart enough to know he doesn’t want lots of imperial storm troopers coming home in body bags, months before the election.

  • kevinzeese

    The original is in Spanish with a computer translation published here. Even the translation has problems we thought it made important points so shared it.

  • blessthebeasts

    It’s an excellent article, very clear and well-reasoned. Thanks for sharing it.