Washington Post

Activists who occupied Venezuela's embassy in Washington honored at ceremony in Caracas

"I want to give you this saber as a token of our gratitude," Maduro said as an interpreter translated to English. Foto: AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos

A group of American activists who lived inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington for more than a month amid round-the-clock protests and occasional violent clashes were honored in Caracas this week by President Nicolás Maduro.

The activists, who dubbed themselves the Embassy Protection Collective, occupied the embassy for about 36 days before federal law enforcement officers pried open the door and forcibly removed the final four demonstrators May 16, ending a proxy struggle for control over the country's diplomatic mission in the United States...

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