UN / VENEZUELA

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15-May-2019 00:01:28
Venezuelan Ambassador Samuel Moncada reported that US authorities “tried to forcibly evict” a group of individuals who were “peacefully” occupying the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC. UNIFEED

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STORY: UN / VENEZUELA
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DATELINE: 15 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

15 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Ambassador Samuel Moncada of Venezuela at the podium
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Samuel Moncada, Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations:
“US authorities tried to forcibly evict a group of individuals who were peacefully staying in the facilities with the full authorization of our government in order to prevent the illegal assault of the premises by violent groups, supporters of the coup d’état that took place last April the 30th in Venezuela.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Samuel Moncada, Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations:
“We haven’t been at war with anyone for the past 200 years. The United States in the past 200 years has only had 16 years without wars. You see the difference? 16 years without war in 200 years. In 200 years, we have never been at war. Do we want a war with the United States? Crazy. It makes no sense. But these people I do believe are power-mad and they are driving Latin America as a whole - because this will be a continent-wide problem – to a situation that has never before been seen.”
6. Wide shot, Moncada at the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tighe Barry, Activist, Code Pink:
“There could possibly be a war over an embassy. If the embassy in Washington DC is taken; what says that the embassy in Venezuela, the American Embassy in Venezuela can’t be taken? Which sets a pretext for war.”
10. Wide shot, Moncada and walk away

STORYLINE:

Venezuelan Ambassador Samuel Moncada today (15 May) reported that US authorities “tried to forcibly evict” a group of individuals who were “peacefully” occupying the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC.

Moncada told reporters in New York that the activist group, Code Pink, was inside the embassy “with the full authorization of our government in order to prevent the illegal assault of the premises by violent groups, supporters of the coup d’état that took place last April the 30th in Venezuela.”

The Venezuelan Ambassador said his country has not “been at war with anyone for the past 200 years” while the United States “in the past 200 years has only had 16 years without wars.”

He said, “do we want a war with the United States? Crazy. It makes no sense. But these people I do believe are power-mad and they are driving Latin America as a whole - because this will be a continent-wide problem – to a situation that has never before been seen.”

Tighe Barry, a Code Pink activist, said, “there could possibly be a war over an embassy. If the embassy in Washington DC is taken; what says that the embassy in Venezuela, the American Embassy in Venezuela can’t be taken? Which sets a pretext for war.”

According to news reports, law enforcement on Monday (13 May) started a process to remove protesters from the embassy.
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