Venezuala crisis: Thousands of Nicolás Maduro supporters march through Caracas

Lester Mason
March 17, 2019

USA diplomats began the exodus from the Caracas, Venezuela, embassy earlier this week.

"I know it is a hard moment for them", he said, referencing the US diplomats.

The State Department had already announced that it would withdraw its remaining diplomatic staff from Venezuela this week. "They are fully dedicated to our mission of supporting the Venezuelan people's aspirations to live in a democracy and build a better future for their families".

The American flag flying outside the U.S. Embassy in the Venezuelan capital is lowered as the last remaining diplomats leave the country.

Pompeo said the diplomats assigned to Venezuela will continue their work "from other locations" where they will continue to work on getting humanitarian assistance to the Venezuelan people "and support the democratic actors bravely resisting tyranny".

Pompeo released a statement Thursday, soon after the last diplomats were reported to have left.


Pompeo tweeted earlier this week that the diplomats would be withdrawn because they had become a "constraint" on USA policy.

As of late 2018, the USA has revoked more than 600 Venezuelan visas.

China offered today to help Venezuela restore its power grid, after President Nicolas Maduro accused US counterpart Donald Trump of cyber "sabotage" that plunged the South American country into its worst blackout on record.

The country began returning to normal on Thursday following a near-total weeklong blackout that the government has blamed on what it calls sabotage encouraged by the US.

Venezuela is gripped by an acute economic crisis that has fueled the rise of opposition leader Juan Guaido, the national assembly speaker who in late January declared himself to be the interim leader.

He said it was part of an ongoing strategy to impose visa restrictions "on corrupt individuals who enable Maduro's theft of Venezuela's assets for their own personal gain".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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