Code Pink founder raided by DC police on dubious Venezuelan embassy ‘assault' charges (VIDEO)
Added 11-13-19 05:37:02pm EST - “Police have tried to detain Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin without a warrant on belated and mysterious charges of ?assaulting' a Democratic congresswoman during this summer's siege of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington.” - Rt.com
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Benjamin was accused of assaulting Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Florida) – months after the alleged incident – when over a dozen officers surrounded her home on Wednesday in Washington, DC.
In footage she posted to Facebook, Benjamin strenuously denies the accusations, explaining that she was the one assaulted – pushed and pulled by right-wing Venezuelans (“big guys”) supporting the US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido at an anti-Maduro press conference.
Unable to secure a warrant or convince Benjamin to voluntarily go back to the station with them without one, the police ultimately chose not to detain her, according to journalist Anya Parampil, who was with Benjamin at the embassy in May. Even though police insisted they had footage of the “assault,” after reviewing it they apparently chose not to proceed with the arrest.
UPDATE: police tried to detain @medeabenjamin without a warrant & opted not to proceed with arrest after reviewing footage of the alleged incidentWe see once again how local DC police are colliding w @StateDept & right-wing Venezuelan putchists in order to crush dissent
Benjamin is not the first participant in the Venezuelan embassy protests to be accused long after the protests’ conclusion of an “assault” that passed unnoticed at the time. Journalist Max Blumenthal, who also supported the activists occupying the embassy with permission of the Maduro government, was taken into custody last month on charges he had assaulted one of the anti-Maduro protesters outside the premises. He was released after spending the weekend in jail.
UPDATE: police tried to detain @medeabenjamin without a warrant & opted not to proceed with arrest after reviewing footage of the alleged incident— Anya Parampil (@anyaparampil) November 13, 2019
We see once again how local DC police are colliding w @StateDept & right-wing Venezuelan putchists in order to crush dissent
So the police realized they were arresting someone based on the LIES of Juan Guaido’s cretinous DC mafia?— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) November 13, 2019
Too bad they didn’t realize that before jailing me based on a similar fabrication. https://t.co/CDbf5cAr4V
Are we just randomly arresting dissidents now in this country on make believe charges? What is this nonsense? People should be horrified by this, the recent arrest of Max Blumenthal, and others. This needs to stop. https://t.co/IafGWpAQrl— Bill Moran (@BillAlwaysWins) November 13, 2019
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