Tuesday, May 14, 2019

"The situation at the Venezuelan Embassy [in Washington, D.C.] has spiraled out of control"

The Embassy of Venezuela’s previous occupants, the diplomatic corps of Venezuelan President Nicol├ís Maduro, have been gone since April 24, after the White House revoked their status and ordered them to leave the building. They left—but not before inviting in a collection of activists as one last act of resistance from the embattled regime.


Since last week, Venezuelans have been staying outside the building in tents, blocking the entrances to the embassy and at times confronting and harassing the leftist demonstrators face to face.

As the face-off drags on, attracting attention from U.S. and international outlets in Washington, an unanswered question looms over the street: When will the U.S.-recognized ambassador swoop in to take the building—and who will seize it for him?

So far, dozens of Secret Service and local police officers have completely surrounded the area, but they have not gone inside the building.