They cut the light in the embassy of Venezuela in the USA to expel activists

For about three weeks, activists have been sleeping inside the diplomatic headquarters to avoid being occupied by the US representative's team. by Juan Guaidó, Carlos Vecchio. In the image, the record of one of the activists inside the diplomatic headquarters of Venezuela in Washington DC (USA). EFE / Archive

Washington.- Activists who have been inside the Venezuelan Embassy in the United States for weeks complained in a chaotic press conference on Thursday that their power supply had been interrupted and Carlos Vecchio was blamed for the cut, the representative in the USA by Juan Guaidó.

«The people inside the embassy are determined to stay inside, although they are suffering a lot,» said the leader of the activist group «Code Pink,» Medea Benjamin, during an impromptu intervention in a cafeteria near the legation.

The activists called the press at the establishment, after a group in support of Guaidó boycotted his intervention at the embassy gate with whistles, shouts and sirens.

Benjamin confirmed to Efe the cessation of electricity supply, something he considered «unprecedented in Washington», since «the legislation prohibits cutting the light even when the bill is not paid».

The number of people guarding day and night inside the diplomatic headquarters has been reduced to «about 15», according to the leader of «Code Pink», who noted that increasingly find it more difficult to access or introduce food .

For example, after they went out to speak to the press, some activists were prevented from returning to the embassy by the resistance of several Venezuelans living in Washington who gathered in front of the building to demand the exit of the activist collective.

The embassy has become a symbol of the power struggle within Venezuela, where the head of parliament, the opposition Juan Guaidó, and President Nicolás Maduro claim the leadership of the state.

For about three weeks, the activists of «Code Pink» sleep inside the diplomatic headquarters to avoid being occupied by Vecchio’s team, while opponents claim for Guaidó.

The dispute over the control of the legation led the two groups to confront each other, giving rise in recent days to violent scenes and situations of tension.

The power cut was announced last night by Vecchio in a tweet:

«To the invaders of our Embassy who comfortably defend the usurping regime, we have decided to give them a little bit of experience of living in Venezuela under the failed socialism of Maduro, from this moment they will not have electric power. said the envoy of Guaidó in the USA
For his part, Brian Becker, national director of the activist group The Answer Coalition, which is also present at the embassy, ​​criticized the interruption of the supply at today’s press conference.

«Is this the way it will be all about? With the US government using utility companies, cutting power from embassies? Can you imagine the cascade effect if other governments did this to US embassies?» he questioned.

Meanwhile, several cars of the US Secret Service, in charge of the protection of the embassies, continue to watch the streets around the Venezuelan legation.

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