On March 14, Secretary Pompeo announced the “temporary” departure of all remaining US Embassy Caracas diplomats from Venezuela. He also said that “We look forward to resuming our presence once the transition to democracy begins. ”
Two days ago, the State Department reissued its Level 4 Do Not Travel Advisory after the March 11, 2019 announcement of temporary suspension of operations of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas and withdrawal of diplomatic personnel in Venezuela. The advisory cautions American travelers to “not travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention.”
Keep the local staffers in your thoughts, personnel withdrawal does not include the local employees. See CDA James Story video here with a message to the people of Venezuela.
New statement from Pompeo: "Today, all U.S. diplomats remaining in Venezuela departed the country…
We look forward to resuming our presence once the transition to democracy begins." pic.twitter.com/aCO3rE38rW
— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) March 14, 2019
— CNW (@ConflictsW) March 14, 2019
.@AmbJohnBolton says @StateDept decided to withdraw all US personnel from Caracas, #Venezuela after Maduro “made a desperate plea to groups of armed gangs, known as ‘colectivos’, to unleash violence against innocent civilians.” (via @ZcohenCNN)
— Jennifer Hansler (@jmhansler) March 12, 2019
The U.S. will withdraw all remaining personnel from @usembassyve this week. This decision reflects the deteriorating situation in #Venezuela as well as the conclusion that the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) March 12, 2019
Last night, Maduro made a desperate plea to groups of armed gangs, known as ‘colectivos’, to unleash violence against innocent civilians. The VZ military should uphold their obligation to protect the Constitution from Maduro’s usurpation and protect civilians from these thugs.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) March 12, 2019
"Le hago un llamado a los colectivos, llegó la hora de la resistencia activa", dice Maduro a sus grupos de paramilitares armados que han disparado contra civiles y voluntarios. #11Mar pic.twitter.com/kxR1jSuyAV
— Gabriel Bastidas (@Gbastidas) March 12, 2019