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Activist interrupts US representative for Venezuela

 An activist from the group Code Pink holds a placard during a speach by US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams in Washington, Apr. 25 2019 EFE-EPA/Erik S. Lesser

An activist from the group Code Pink holds a placard during a speach by US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams in Washington, Apr. 25 2019 EFE-EPA/Erik S. Lesser

Washington, Apr 25 (efe-epa).- A Code Pink activist interrupted US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliot Abrams' speech on Thursday during an Atlantic Council Center event.

The woman stood up on a chair and raised a placard that read “no coup in Venezuela” as she yelled “how dare you?” to those present.

After a few minutes, she was picked up by security guards who took her out of the room while many of the attendants recorded the event on their phones and Abrams watched in silence.

Code Pink is an international NGO that focuses its resources on peace, especially in US-funded wars.

Some of its followers took over the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, where they have been camped for two weeks and have not allowed anyone to enter the building.

Abrams branded the situation “a violation of the law” and said the activists have to leave.

The US representative was taking part in an event called “Venezuela after Maduro: A Vision for the Country’s Future” at the Atlantic Council center in Washington.

Amongst those present was Carlos Vecchio, chargé d'affaires for Venezuela to the United States for Juan Guaidó's government, who has not yet been able to enter the embassy.

On Wednesday, the last diplomats loyal to Nicolas Maduro in Washington left the embassy, ??which displays huge banners on its facade that read "no to the war for oil," "stop the coup" and "no to lethal sanctions."

The government of President Donald Trump had set Thursday as the deadline for Maduro's diplomats to leave.

Abrams said that the embassy is "sovereign territory of Venezuela" and that the US Administration "respects and recognizes" Vecchio as the ambassador.

On the other hand, the representative for Venezuela said that his country will not elect the next president of the country.

"We, as we have done before, will recognize the results of a free election," he added.

Regarding the European Union’s position, which is in general against the government of Maduro, Abrams said that Washington had not been seeing the same kind of "pressure" on Caracas on the EU’s behalf in regards to sanctions. EFE-EPA

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