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Security tightened at former US Embassy in Caracas

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Venezuelan on Thursday said that he ordered the strengthening of security at the United States' former embassy here despite US action against pro-government activists protecting the Venezuelan embassy in

Tensions between the and the Maduro-led Venezuelan authorities are high since earlier this year when recognised as the official interim of the South American nation. Maduro has accused the US of plotting a coup to oust him from power, labeling Guaido as a US "puppet".

Following this, all US staff left the Caracas embassy, especially after Maduro severed diplomatic ties with the in the wake of the political crisis.

"I have ordered to boost the legal police protection of the building of the former which belongs to the We will protect it because follows conventions and international law. Criminals are sitting in the White House," Sputnik quoted Maduro as saying.

activists started living inside the Venezuelan embassy in DC on April 10 in a bid to prevent the and the Guaido-led government from seizing the premises.

agents forcibly entered the embassy on Monday, ordering all activists to leave the premises or face prosecution and imprisonment. The four activists who ignored the threats and continued to remain were detained by the law enforcement officials earlier on Thursday.

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 06:01 IST