For Immediate Release
Green Party of the United States Statement—Venezuelan Embassy
WASHINGTON - The Green Party strongly protests the arrests today of individuals inside the Venezuelan Embassy. Members of the organization Embassy Protection Collective had been staying inside the embassy since April 10, 2019, with permission of the embassy. Their objective was to help prevent a U.S. administration-aided effort by the Venezuelan opposition to take over the embassy. Several members of the Green Party were part of the organization.
The United Nations recognizes Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela. It is illegal under international law for the U.S. to facilitate control of the embassy to opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has asserted a claim to the office.
The Embassy Protection Collective released a statement recently saying that eviction and arrests of the individuals, inside the embassy with the approval of the Venezuelan government, would violate international law.
"Today's action creates a horrific precedent. International law protects foreign embassies" said Margaret Flowers, Green Party of the United States Co-chair, and one of the activists arrested today as part of the nonviolent effort to prevent the takeover. "The Trump Administration is violating the Vienna Conventionby not only allowing the illegal seizure of diplomatic premises but by facilitating it. Such action raises concerns for the safety and security of diplomatic staff and embassies, including our own, throughout the world."
The Green Party platform states that "the U.S. must recognize the sovereignty of nation-states and their right of self-determination." The Green Party has called for a policy of non-intervention and for sanctions against Venezuela to be lifted.
A recent report shows that as many as 40,000 civilians have died in Venezuela since 2017.
For more information:
Green Party of the United States: Hands Off Venezuela
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