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USA: Rev. Jackson brings food to activists occupying Venezuelan embassy02:58

USA: Rev. Jackson brings food to activists occupying Venezuelan embassy

United States, Washington DC
May 16, 2019 at 10:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Civil Rights activist Reverend Jessie Jackson arrived outside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC on Wednesday, to deliver food supplies to the four remaining activists who are occupying the building.

Reverend Jackson's act follows reports suggesting that authorities shut down the water in the embassy and also prevented the delivery of food and medical supplies.

Footage from outside the embassy shows the activists sticking out the windows and lowering down a basket with the use of a rope. After having it filled up with sustenance, the activists pull it back up. In total, the activists reportedly received four baskets with food provisions.

"Let us remain non-violent and focused. Let us not engage in violence, even violence rhetoric. Our mission is to pull the sides together, not to expand war," said Reverend Jackson.

Minor scuffles broke out when a pro-Guaido protester attempted to grab the ropes of the basket from Jackson's hands, to prevent him from delivering the goods. Police officers were quick to intervene and separate the sides.

Activists have been occupying the embassy since April 24 as an attempt to prevent the US from handing the embassy over to Guaido's representatives.

Venezuela has been in political crisis since January 23, when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president in a move now recognised by over 50 countries including the United States and the European Union.

USA: Rev. Jackson brings food to activists occupying Venezuelan embassy02:58
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Civil Rights activist Reverend Jessie Jackson arrived outside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC on Wednesday, to deliver food supplies to the four remaining activists who are occupying the building.

Reverend Jackson's act follows reports suggesting that authorities shut down the water in the embassy and also prevented the delivery of food and medical supplies.

Footage from outside the embassy shows the activists sticking out the windows and lowering down a basket with the use of a rope. After having it filled up with sustenance, the activists pull it back up. In total, the activists reportedly received four baskets with food provisions.

"Let us remain non-violent and focused. Let us not engage in violence, even violence rhetoric. Our mission is to pull the sides together, not to expand war," said Reverend Jackson.

Minor scuffles broke out when a pro-Guaido protester attempted to grab the ropes of the basket from Jackson's hands, to prevent him from delivering the goods. Police officers were quick to intervene and separate the sides.

Activists have been occupying the embassy since April 24 as an attempt to prevent the US from handing the embassy over to Guaido's representatives.

Venezuela has been in political crisis since January 23, when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president in a move now recognised by over 50 countries including the United States and the European Union.

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