(Washington D.C.).- The Venezuelan community denounces and repudiates the violent attacks and harassment made by members of the US Non-Government Organizations Code Pink, Answer Coalition, and affiliates. Their latest attack sent a 58-year-old Venezuelan volunteer to the hospital. In this regard, Venezuelan community members Mr. Robert Nasser, Ms. Dilianna Bustillos, and Mr. Francisco Márquez will make a public statement and will have a Q&A session with journalists on Tuesday, May 8, 2019 at 6 pm at the Embassy of Venezuela in Washington, DC.
On May 8, 2019 at approximately 3:30 am, a group of members/supporters of Code Pink’s illegal occupation of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC tried to force bags that had not been cleared by the Secret Service into the occupied building. We are concerned that these bags may contain materials to be used to commit further acts of violence against the Venezuelan volunteers and community peacefully protesting outside the Embassy since April 30, 2019.
The Code Pink group violently tried to break the human barrier of peaceful Venezuelans who were on night vigil in order to illegally enter the Embassy. In the process, they attacked four volunteers, specifically targeting Naylet Pacheco, a 58-year-old Venezuelan who resides in Virginia Beach, VA, whom they had publicly threatened the day before. Ms. Pacheco was admitted at a local hospital and remains there due to the injuries caused by her attackers.
This is not the first attack towards Venezuelans peacefully protesting outside the Embassy. On May 3, 2019, a 27-week pregnant Venezuelan volunteer was knocked to the ground by a member of the occupying organizations as he was trying to enter the Embassy illegally.
In addition, these groups have engaged in extreme cyber-bullying and harassment targeting our volunteers. They have taken pictures of Venezuelans on site and have published them along with pictures of their Facebook profiles to make targets out of them. This harassment has already had consequences as it has been also directed at volunteers’ workplaces and educational institutions. Emails have been sent to some employers in order to hurt our volunteers’ image at work and to jeopardize their jobs.
The Venezuelan community urges the United States federal authorities such as the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the local authorities of the District of Columbia to enforce the law in order to protect the integrity of our community against the violent activism, criminal harassment, and unlawful trespassing of the Venezuelan Embassy in DC by members of Code Pink, Answer Coalition, Popular Resistance, and their affiliates and supporters.
We, Venezuelans, demand the END of the illegal occupation of the Embassy of Venezuela in Washington, DC. by unlawful occupiers supporting the Maduro Regime. Furthermore, we demand the trespassers to be brought to justice, and that Code Pink and Answers Coalition be stripped of their Non-Profit status and be declared a threat to the people and territory of the United States.
Over 50 Individuals have illegally occupied the Embassy of Venezuela in Washington, DC. They have lived in the building since April 10, 2019 in support of the illegitimate dictatorial regime of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. The group of trespassers is composed of members of Code Pink, Answer Coalition, Popular Resistance, and other groups shielded under US Non-Governmental Organization, Non-profit (501C3) status, with proven ties to the Maduro illegitimate dictatorial regime.
In response to this illegal occupation, the Venezuelan community spontaneously started to protest at the Embassy premises since late in April to date. Our community has gathered in the hundreds to protest the illegal trespassing of these groups and has organized 24-hour vigils to prevent further trespassers from entering the building. Community leaders have labeled these efforts by using the hashtag #OperacionLibertadDC (#OperationLibertyDC) on social media many times.
Event: Press Conference in response to attacks by Code Pink and Answer Coalition’s members against the Venezuelan community at the Venezuelan Embassy in DC.
Speakers: Venezuelan community members Robert Nasser, Dilianna Bustillos, and Francisco Márquez.
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2019.
Time: 6 pm.
Place: Embassy of Venezuela in DC (1099 30th Street NW, Washington, DC 20007).