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Jesse Jackson delivers food to Venezuelan Embassy protectors

Rev. Jesse Jackson talks to reporters outside the Venezuelan embassy in Washingon, D.C. after he delivered food to the Protecotors Collective inside the building. May 15, 2019 | Photo: @JorgeGestoso Rev. Jesse Jackson talks to reporters outside the Venezuelan embassy in Washingon, D.C. after he delivered food to the Protecotors Collective inside the building. May 15, 2019 | Photo: @JorgeGestoso
WASHINGTON, DC,  May 15, 2019 - Legendary civil rights activist the Reverend Jesse Jackson today defied the Trump administration's illegal blockade of the Venezuelan embassy, to bring four bags of food and supplies to the remaining four activists inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. Wednesday afternoon.

The Unites States government on Saturday shut off water and electricity to the embassy, in an effort to chase the Maduro government's embassy staff from the building in order to hand the facility over to Juan Guido. CODEPINK activists who are supporting Maduro, are being stopped by local police from bringing in food to those inside.

Today, after Jackson delivered the groceries, teleSUR correspondent in Washington Jorge Gestoso tweeted of the delivery: "Rev. Jesse Jackson manages to deliver food to the activists who protect the Embassy of Venezuela in Washington after a violent resistance and struggle by Guaido supporters were determined to prevent them from receiving food and medicine." 

After bringing the food to the activist, Jackson told reporters outside the embassy: "Do not starve Venezuelans into submission. War is futile. We must use diplomacy to bring both sides to the table with the help of the UN to figure out a resolution. We’re in a dangerous course in our foreign policy in the hemisphere. War drums are beating. … This does not make rational sense."  

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza thanked Jackson by Twitter for his "humanitarian gesture of solidarity with the Protectors Collective protecting our embassy in Washington and with the People of Venezuela demonstrating against the interventions and blockades."

 
We thank the Reverend @RevJJackson
  for his humanitarian gesture of solidarity with the Protectors Collective of our Embassy in Washington and with the People of Venezuela,  demonstrating against the interventions and blockades #TrumpUnblockVenezuela #TrumpDesbloqueaVenezuela
 

Since March, The Protectors Collective has been in the Venezuelan sovereign territory because the government authorized the group to enter and defend the facilities after United States authorities supported the entry of officials appointed by self-declared leader of Venezuela, Juan Guaido.

Over the past several weeks tensions outside the embassy have heightened as security forces and opposition protesters have blocked activists outside the building from bringing in supplies to those inside. One activist was arrested for throwing bread into the windows of the building. The water and electricity have been shut off inside the facility since last week despite all bills being paid. 

Most of the protectors left Monday after U.S. authorities invaded the premises and threatened activists with arrest, violating the Vienna Convention.

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