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US police break into Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, say reports

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Washington Updated on: May 16, 2019 20:17 IST
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US police have broken into the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC. According to sputniknews, four protesters have been arrested from the Embassy Protection Collective. 

The police arrested the remaining protesters, who have been guarding the facility from being taken over by US authorities, Medea Benjamin, an activist from the anti-war group CODEPINK said. Her words were echoed by another CODEPINK activist, Ariel Gold. 

The activists from the Embassy Protection Collective have been living inside the embassy since 10 April in a bid to protect it from US attempts to seize the facility and hand it over to supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido. The group was invited by the embassy's Venezuelan diplomats, who were forced to leave US soil.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro earlier slammed US attempts to seize the property of the country's embassy, pointing to its "inviolability" under international treaties regulating the activities of diplomatic missions.

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