first published on March 19, 2019 by Will
Entities representing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido have seized control of multiple Venezuelan diplomatic offices in the US on Monday.
The opposition occupied two defense ministry buildings in Washington DC and a consular building in New York City and relieved embattled Venezuelan leader Maduro’s government representatives from control of the facilities. Guaido’s US ambassador, Carlos Vecchio, claimed they will be seizing control of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington in the coming days.
Venezuelan leaders from Maduro’s cabinet claimed the takeovers were in violation of a 1961 international treaty regarding diplomatic relations and therefore illegal.
However, over 50 nations are in support of regime change in Venezuela and have acknowledged opposition leader Guaido as the legitimate leader of the South American nation.
Flag raising at Kalorama facility now in control of #JuanGuaido government. They took the Casablanca approach and sang the national anthem to try to drown out the four code pink protestors shouting “US hands off #Venezuela.” pic.twitter.com/Qdo7bLTVaa
— Christina Ruffini (@EenaRuffini) March 18, 2019