"Every time we've tried to bring food in, we have been physically attacked by the opposition."
Writing for Truthdig, Benjamin stated:
"Supporters who have tried to bring food have been arrested. This was the case of CODEPINK organizer Ariel Gold. When she found all entrances blocked, she threw bread into an empty ramp outside a door and was arrested for 'throwing missiles.' When we tied a package to a rope to send food up through a window, three of us were physically assaulted and despite clear video evidence, the police refused to arrest our attacker."
About the Secret Service's complicity in attempting to oust her fellow activists, Benjamin added:
"[The] Secret Service, which is tasked with guarding embassies, has allowed this to happen. They have had a constant presence at the Embassy since May 1 but have stood by as this group damages the building and threatens the peace activists inside and outside. They have allowed the opposition to bang on the doors with sledgehammers to try to break in, post signs all over the property against the wishes of the legal owners, physically attack people trying to get food inside, and destroy and steal the property of the Embassy Protection Collective (food, placards, signs, canopy). In violation of the city's noise ordinance, the mob has been blasting sirens all day long at decibels so high that even the Secret Service police have been wearing ear plugs. They block the sidewalks and all public passages. They have set up 10 canopies and 3 tents to surround the entire building. When we tried to set up a canopy, we were attacked by Guaido supporters, but it was our member, Tighe Barry, who was arrested and accused of pushing a Secret Service officer."
Both can be equally odious.
Our government's decision to insinuate itself on Guaidó's side, however, has nothing to do with "overthrowing Socialism" or "bringing democracy."
It has to do with Trump's re-election.
And, naturally, oil.
We, therefore, manufactured this crisis to provide an excuse to paint the Socialist Maduro as an abject monster so we, the capitalist heroes, can once again ride in and install someone--Guaidó --more amenable to our corporate interests.
In so doing, the Trump administration is taking a page out of a hackneyed playbook to ensure the American people are sufficiently distracted from the ways it is chipping away at our institutions--all so the president can boost flagging poll numbers ahead of the 2020 election.