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Protesters removed from Venezuelan Embassy in Washington

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US has started the process of trying to remove protesters from the in Washington, a State Department said.

The eviction process on Monday came after a group of American activists began moving into the embassy last month.

The decision was made on a request of envoys of Venezuelan opposition Juan Guaido, whom US Donald Trump's government recognises as the legitimate of

"The US does not recognise the authority of the former (Nicolas) Maduro regime or any of its former representatives, to allow any individuals to lawfully enter, remain on this property, or take any other action with respect to this property," said the evacuation order.

Guaido's envoys in "have requested and directed anyone who is present on this property to depart from it immediately, and to not return without these ambassadors' express authorisation".

"Any person who refuses to comply with these requests and orders to depart from this property will be trespassing in violation of federal and law and may be arrested or criminally prosecuted," it added.

Medea Benjamin, one of the founders of the group Code Pink, had previously told that diplomats from the government of Venezuelan had given them access to the embassy before they left as the standoff unfolded between Maduro and

Venezuela's Vice for North America denounced the removal of protesters on Monday

"The government of the Bolivarian Republic of has not authorised the entry of police officers into the former in Washington, This intrusion is yet another violation of international law by US authorities and an aggression against Venezuela," Ron, a Maduro official, said in a tweet.

Although some activists have already left the embassy, at least four remained inside, according to news.

There were also pro-Maduro activists outside the building who support those who remain inside the compound.

is facing a political and social crisis that was heightened after declared himself interim on January 23 by invoking articles in the Venezuelan Constitution.



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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 09:54 IST