[Pnews] Upcoming Embassy Protectors Trial - An Epic Act of Resistance
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Mon Jan 27 14:08:30 EST 2020
An Epic Act of Resistance and Trial of Our Times
Lauren Smith - January 25, 2020
The U.S. government’s accusation against of the four members of the
Embassy Protectors Collective is merely a pretext used for their arrest
and prosecution, since they haven’t broken any laws.
On Feb. 11, four American peace activists, known as the *Embassy
Protectors Collective <https://defendembassyprotectors.org/>*, will be
tried before the U.S. empire for “interfering with certain protective
functions” of its Federal government for their occupation of the
Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. to prevent it from being handed
over to coup leaders sponsored by the Trump administration.
Their occupation ended on May 16, 2019, when federal agents broke into
the sealed embassy, against international law, and arrested them in a
*swat style raid
government’s accusation against them is merely a pretext used for their
arrest and prosecution since they haven’t broken any laws. Matter of
fact, their true crime in the minds of the Trump administration is just
the opposite – it’s their brilliant defense of international law, and
Venezuela’s sovereign right to self-determination against Yankee
Although the Trump administration didn’t want President Maduro to win a
second term, 67 percent of Venezuelans did. This stands in stark
contrast with President Donald Trump’s own experience since he lost the
popular vote in 2017 to Former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton, a candidate despised by her own democratic party’s base – who
only managed to secure her place as a presidential nominee due to the
fraud perpetrated by the party’s elite.
Even the Republican party’s use of targeted racist and classist voter
suppression and purge techniques could not secure Trump winning numbers
at the polls. In the United States of America, as demonstrated by Trump,
a loser can win the presidency. Compare this with Former President Jimmy
Carter’s 2012 declaration that “*the election process in Venezuela is
the best in the world. <https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/7272>*”
Nonetheless, the Trump administration set its heart on Juan Guaido, a
man that was not even a candidate in the 2018 election. Yet, with the
superpower’s backing, what would be a farce in any other context still
remains a threat – as Guaido, left to his own device, is merely a
self-appointed president as well as being *a self-appointed leader of a
What elevates this trial in our collective consciousness is the fact
that these brave activists struck a successful blow against imperialist
aggression from inside the belly of the beast – literally from within
Washington, D.C. For 37 days, the Trump administration was powerless
against the guile & guts of the pediatrician, Margaret Flowers; medical
anthropologist, Adrienne Pine; attorney, Kevin Zeese; and activist,
David Paul as they bravely upheld *Article 22 of the 1961 Vienna
The four were aided by a strong coalition of activist groups.
In solidarity, 70 members of the various groups, including journalists,
took turns staying inside the embassy with them. As conditions worsened,
or for personal reasons, they disbursed prior to the raid. However, many
remained outside the embassy protesting the siege conditions faced by
their comrades inside and delivered food despite facing assault and
arrest. Even the aged civil rights defender, the Reverend Jesse Jackson,
personally took part in *food delivery to the Embassy Protectors
Fortunately, unlike the 72-year-old president of Veterans for Peace,
Gerry Cordon, he was not *assaulted by police
arrested in this process.
It is this grassroots collective that protected the Venezuelan embassy
from seizure by Trump’s federal agents, local police, and an *Astroturf
fascist, racist & sexist mob
making their united act of resistance epic and their prosecution a trial
of our times.
Despite the best efforts of the biased judge who ruled on Dec.
13 against their right to critical information needed for their defense,
their acts of bravery cannot be silenced – as activists will ensure
their story is told. On Jan. 29, Judge Beryl Howell will hear pre-trial
arguments concerning a recent motion filed by government lawyers that
even more severely restricts what can be discussed during their Feb. 11
If Judge Howell grants the government’s motion, it will leave the
Embassy Protectors virtually defenseless. The government wants the
prosecution to be limited exclusively to three things (1) the four were
in the embassy, (2) they were given a notice of eviction by the police,
and (3) they refused to leave. Essentially, they want the jury that
decides their fate to be blindfolded. This will ensure the Trump
administration’s desired outcome –*which is to convict the Embassy
Protectors and make them a model for how it intends to deal with
challenges to its illegal foreign and domestic policies
The fact that Howell is assigned the case is no accident as she is the
chief judge of the U.S. District Court and co-author of the
unconstitutional Patriot Act. Under the *Patriot Act
protections against unreasonable search & seizure are waived, and
incarceration can be indeterminate and without charge. So, it’s no
surprise, with her Intelligence Community background, that Judge Howell
referred to the embassy protectors as a “gang”, stated facts in a way
that supported their guilt and made it clear that a trial will result in
Among the issues the Trump administration is asking to not be discussed
in the Embassy Protectors’ trial are the following:
- That Nicolas Maduro is the democratically elected president of
Venezuela. More than *300 election observers for the 2018 election
agreed that the election met international standards. Additionally, more
than 150 governments around the world recognize him as the President of
Venezuela as does the United Nations.
- That Juan Guaido has no legitimacy to represent the Venezuelan
government. Also, he is *under investigation for his role in the
“humanitarian aid” corruption scandal
- That Carlos Vecchio, whose demand that the Embassy Protectors leave
the embassy and was the basis of their eviction, is not an ambassador
from Venezuela but part of Guaido’s failed coup. Additionally, Vecchio,
a former Exxon oil executive, is *charged with fraud, embezzlement and
money laundering <https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/14548>* to the tune
of US $70 million through CITGO, Venezuela’s US-based subsidiary of the
state oil company PDVSA.
- That they were in the embassy with the permission of the elected
government of Venezuela.
- That they received advice that they were in the embassy legally.
- That negotiations were ongoing between the US and Venezuela for a
mutual protecting power agreement which would have resulted in
Switzerland protecting the US embassy in Caracas and Turkey protecting
the Venezuelan embassy in DC. And that the Embassy Protectors had stated
that they would leave voluntarily when that agreement was reached.
Additionally, The day before the four were arrested, *Samuel Moncada,
the Venezuelan ambassador to the UN, held a press conference
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdSVUP4gTm4&feature=youtu.be>* where he
discussed the negotiation for a protecting power agreement and
reconfirmed that the Embassy Protectors were in the embassy with
- That they were surrounded by a coup mob that was blocking food from
coming into the embassy.
- That the electricity and water were turned off on them.
- That the Vienna Convention was violated by federal agents, who had no
legitimate right to enter the embassy to arrest them.
- That the Embassy Protectors were acting within their First Amendment
The Embassy Protectors face federal charges punishable by up to one year
in prison, a US$100,000 fine each, and restitution to the government for
police time & damages, which is considerable given the duration of their
occupation and the absurd amount of armed forces used in the embassy
raid – as they remain four unarmed senior and middle-aged peace
activists. Since their charges are unjust and anything can happen in
prison, especially to dissidents, people of consciousness must ensure
all charges are dropped. So, let us stand on the right side of history
with the Embassy Protectors and show solidarity by attending their trial
in Washington, D.C., which begins on Feb. 11,*donating to their legal
fund <https://defendembassyprotectors.org/>*, and spreading the truth of
what’s really happening widely.
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