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US judge orders release of activists detained from Venezuela's embassy in Washington

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A on Friday ordered the release of four activists who were detained by US authorities from the premises of the here on Thursday morning.

activists started living inside the in DC from April 10 in a bid to prevent the and government from seizing the premises in the wake of a political crisis in the South American nation.

Tensions between the and the 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, labelling Guaido as a US "puppet".

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 there were detained by the law enforcement officials.

The collective's legal counsel, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, outlined that the US had not charged the four activists with trespassing, according to Sputnik.

Identified as Kevin Zeese, Adrienne Pine, Margaret Flowers, and David Paul, the four activists appeared in a federal courthouse in on Friday. They were charged with "interference with certain protective functions," and are scheduled to reappear in court on June 12.

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First Published: Sat, May 18 2019. 05:13 IST