The Arrest of Vigilers At The Venezuelan Embassy in D.C. Is A Violation of International Law

It seems the current administration in the White House has no regards for laws set in place internationally as it once again violates it. First, by pressuring Ecuador into torturing an asylee and then evicting Assange they set an unlawful precedent against the protection of asylum. Now they have entered the Venezuelan Embassy in D.C. and arrested vigilers there who were protecting it from an illegal seizure.

Possible image of arrest

This act violates the Geneva Convention and shows that our government no longer respects any kind of law.

According to telesureenglish.net:

teleSUR reporter Jorge Gestoso on site outside the embassy says there are security service, federal agents and dozens of D.C. police officers heavily armed at the back entrance of the embassy. According to Gestoso the authorities dressed in military gear took up position in the embassy’s basement where there are no surveillance cameras. This allowed U.S. authorities to make the arrests out of the site of the public and the media.

International law expert, Jose Pertierra, speaking exclusively to teleSUR from Washington said this tactic of trying to remove the protectors via the basement by U.S. authorities is being done “in order to avoid a war of images where they can have police act without the public seeing them.”

Pertierra adds that this security force operation violates international law that prohibits a hosting nation from invading the sovereign territory of another country’s embassy.

The police had recently shut off power and water to the remaining activists in the building and were preventing food from getting to them. Activists have lost weight since occupying the building in mid-April.

According to the article on telesur:

Carlos Vecchio, appointed by self-declared interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido as envoy leader to the U.S., ordered the electricity and water illegally turned off at the embassy over the past week.

Protectors inside the facility told Gestoso Wednesday afternoon they were in good spirits at that time and were trying to negotiate a peaceful deal with the Trump administration under Article 45 of the Vienna Convention that would allow the activists to hand over the embassy to a third party country.

According to Gestoso the protectors say they found a note telling them to leave the building on the main door of the embassy overnight and a lock there had been broken. The article 45 proposal was rejected roundly.

Protectors inside the facility told Gestoso Wednesday afternoon they were in good spirits at that time and were trying to negotiate a peaceful deal with the Trump administration under Article 45 of the Vienna Convention that would allow the activists to hand over the embassy to a third party country.

According to Gestoso the protectors say they found a note telling them to leave the building on the main door of the embassy overnight and a lock there had been broken. The article 45 proposal was rejected roundly.

The question I raise is how many more human rights will the Trunp administration illegally violate? How many more laws will be broken? How many wars will be started? Is this the beginning of the end of our freedom? Wake up folks!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s