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    The supporters of opposition leader and self-proclaimed president of Venezuela Juan Guaido had been gathering outside the Venezuela embassy for several days, however, it seems that they have now taken action.

    Videos show the protesters occupying the exits into the Venezuela embassy and trying to break in. Sputnik Journalist Morgan Artyukhina posted a series of videos of the protesters. In the videos they are shown gathered around the embassy, using flashlights to lure out the staff and beam into the faces of the crowd that gathered near the embassy to support legitimate president Nicolas Maduro.

    Witnesses posted a series of videos showing the protesters trying to break into the embassy, breaking the doors which staff had to heavily barricade in order to defend themselves.

    The protesters also reportedly were sexually assaulting Maduro supporters, while loudly shouting insults.

    Reporter, Alex Rubinstein, who apparently was inside the embassy, also posted a letter from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, urging the Washington DC Police Department, US Department of State and the Secret Service to prevent violent actions against the embassy and its staff. However, according to witnesses, no forces have been sent to the scene to control the protesters so far.

    READ MORE: Bolton, Pompeo, Shanahan Discuss Military Options for Venezuela at the Pentagon

    The situation around Venezuela has been intense since January when the country's opposition leader Juan Guaido illegally proclaimed himself the interim president and was immediately supported by the United States and its allies. Nicolas Maduro, in turn, was backed by multiple countries including Russia and China, as the only legitimate president of Venezuela.


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