Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido have taken control of two military attache installations in Washington D.C. as well as the Venezuelan consulate in New York, said State Department spokesman Robert Palladino.
Guaido’s ambassador to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, shared videos on social platform revealing staffers removing images of President Nicolas Maduro Midtown Manhattan from consulate in Midtown Manhattan.
A pro-Guaido official Gustavo Marcano tweeted, “It is impossible not to feel emotion as we enter this homeland, the sovereign territory of our #Venezuela, liberated from the usurper regime Of Maduro.”
Meanwhile, Panama too accepted Monday loyalist of Guaido as Venezuela’s ambassador.
Maduro government described the development as forced and illegal occupation calling Trump administration to reverse the forced occupation as the diplomatic offices can only be used by official diplomatic agents.
In a released statement the Maduro government said, “If the government of the United States persists in the breach of its international obligations, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reserves the corresponding legal and reciprocal decisions and actions in Venezuelan territory.”
Last Thursday the last remaining American diplomats in Venezuela flew home.
Guaido self-declared himself as legitimate leader of Venezuela on January 23 and since then Washington has recognized him as president of the country.
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