Embassy Protection Collective (EPC) members stayed in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC for 37 days to protect the Vienna Convention and prevent an escalation of conflict with Venezuela. During that time, EPC members inside were cut off from receiving food, electricity and water. EPC members who tried to deliver food were physically assaulted. All EPC members were subjected to loud noises, strobe lights, harassment, threats and intimidation. On May 16, federal agents raided the embassy and arrested the four remaining EPC members inside.
Four members of the Embassy Protection Collective — Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers, David Paul and Adrienne Pine — have been charged with “interfering with protective services. They face up to a year in jail and up to a $100,000 fine. They will likely go to trial in the fall. There are also other activists who were arrested outside the Embassy and are now facing trials, including the costs for one EPC member who was severely injured by the pro-coup mob while trying to deliver food.
Your donation will support EPC members who are now facing federal charges by a state with unlimited resources and intent on making an example of EPC members. We need to raise $50,000 to pay the legal fees for three lawyers who are not court-appointed and to cover costs involved with discovery/information requests and reviewing the data.
With your support, the EPC will put forward a strong defense of its actions. A victory in this case will be a victory for the anti-imperialist peace movement.
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