Washington, DC – The standoff continues over who should have access to the Venezuelan Embassy, with protesters who support opposition leader Juan Guaido camped outside for the third day, and activists who support President Nicolas Maduro remaining inside.
The two sides clashed on Thursday, when protesters swarmed the back of the Venezuelan Embassy, and activists started throwing food and supplies to their allies inside. Secret Service intervened and arrested two from the pro-Maduro side and one from the pro-Guaido side.
They then increased the number of barricades around the building, and they later let the activists bring supplies inside. Protesters outside continued to chant, sing, play music, and blast blow-horns throughout the night.
While the clashes continue in DC, citizens in Venezuela seem to be returning to their normal routines for now. This, despite repeated calls for nationwide protests from self-proclaimed leader, Juan Guaido.
Earlier this week, violent clashes broke out between police and protesters. Those clashes left at least 4 people dead, and more than 200 injured.
Around 200 people have also been detained, as the Maduro government has pledged to go after those who took part in the protests.
But despite the support he has received from citizens, Guaido has yet to convince the overwhelming majority of the military to follow his lead. Meanwhile, Maduro has used the lack of an uprising as an opportunity to call for unity.
In the United States, officials have continued to claim that Maduro only remains in power because he is receiving help from foreign influences.
Those claims were also used by the Organization of American States, which released a statement claiming that according to anonymous experts, Russia and Cuba are playing destabilizing roles in Venezuela’s domestic affairs. And they are providing military and political support to prop up the Maduro government.
Now, we have yet to see any proof of these claims, and they have been denied by the governments in Venezuela, Russia, and Cuba—but it remains a dangerous accusation at a time when U.S. officials continue to claim that “all options are on the table.”