Embassy Protection Collective help monitor Venezuelan elections

December 8, 2020

By Jose Szepara

On Dec. 6, Venezuelans turned out to vote in the country’s National Assembly elections, and the world waits with bated breath as observers from all over the world wait for the final results.

Election monitoring groups have made their way to Venezuela to act as impartial participants and poll observers to ensure that elections are honest and to record any irregularities which might hamper the electoral process.

One such group, the Embassy Protection Collective, whose members include Adrienne Pine, David Paul and Margaret Flowers, just recently left the U.S. for Venezuela.

Members of Embassy Protection Collective defend Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C., Jan. 2019.

Kevin Zeese, who unexpectedly died in Sept. 2020, was a member of the Embassy Protection Collective and part of the group who stayed in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C., to prevent the illegal handover to right-wing Venezuelan authorities and the U.S.-backed Venezuelan candidate Juan Guaidó.

The other three members of the collective recently finished their six-month probation and 30-day probation for the action earlier this year.

Similar to President Donald Trump’s reaction to the U.S. presidential elections, Guaidó refutes the legitimacy of Bolivarian president Nicolas Maduro. The intention of the U.S. government was to hand over the Venezuelan Embassy to an opposition government-in-exile.

It is not unprecedented, as during the 20th century governments-in-exile existed during World War II. Expatriates from Poland, France and the Netherlands had such arrangements in England, after their respective countries were overrun by the Nazis.

Venezuela has been mercilessly wracked by draconian economic sanctions, imposed by the Trump Administration in order to destabilize the Maduro government. Venezuela, like Bolivia, is a country rich in fossil fuels and natural resources, but the country’s elite is strongly tied to U.S. military/civilian elites.