In Washington, D.C., police arrested four activists Thursday inside the Venezuelan Embassy after they spent weeks occupying the building at the invitation of Venezuela’s government in order to prevent it from being taken over by Venezuela’s U.S.-backed opposition. The Venezuelan government criticized the arrests, calling them a violation of the Vienna Treaty of 1961, which protects diplomatic missions around the world. This is CodePink activist Tighe Barry.
Tighe Barry: “If the embassy in Washington, D.C., is taken, what says that the American Embassy in Venezuela can’t be taken? Which sets a pretext for war.”
Last month, Democracy Now! went inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. Click here to see our coverage.