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WASHINGTON, DC — The Venezuelan Embassy on the banks of the C&O Canal in Washington, DC, has been in the spotlight as efforts to push out dictator Nicolás Maduro continue, and supporters and detractors camp inside and outside the diplomatic post.
In the wake of the unrest in Venezuela, where President Juan Guaidó — the legitimate leader, according to the country’s Constitution — has been trying to gain the support of the military, diplomats fled the D.C. embassy, taking their hard drives with them. The phone number has been disconnected.
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While Guaidó has been the legal president of Venezuela since January, Maduro has maintained control of the military and refused to leave the presidential palace, Miraflores.
The leftist group Code Pink has similarly refused to vacate the D.C. embassy since camping out there, claiming Maduro loyalists invited them to stay to protest what they claim is a military coup — aided and abetted by the United States — to overthrow Maduro.
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In recent days, ordinary Venezuelans and Venezuelan-Americans have shown up on the sidewalks surrounding the embassy to show their support for Guaidó and against people they call “communists” who support a man who has driven the country into economic ruin and caused endless suffering for citizens. The posters they carry and have hung on a barrier in front of the embassy show where they stand on the protest and Venezuela’s future — Code Pink “supports the killing and starvation of the Venezuelan people under the Maduro regime” and “Hands Off My Embassy Communist Code Pink.”
Robert Nasser was born in Caracas and has lived in the United States for 20 years. He told Breitbart News that he came to show his support for Guaidó and a democratic election in his homeland.
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“He’s our legitimate president,” Nasser said.
Nasser said Code Pink’s claim that they were invited...
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