The stand-off between Pro-Guaido and 'Hands off Venezuela' protesters gathered in front of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC came to a head on Monday, as police and fire services removed the locks and chains from the doors.

Crowds are seen cheering outside the Embassy, where four activists of the 'Embassy Protection Collective', also known as 'Code Pink', remain inside.

Medea Benjamin, a co-founder of 'Code Pink', said that police unsuccessfully attempted to convince the four remaining protesters to leave the premises "but they don't have the arrest warrant from the Attorney General to force them to leave. So, they will probably try to get that tomorrow but right now they don't have it. So, they are still here and we the 'Embassy Protection Collective' is still here."

Venezuela has been in political crisis since January 23, when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president in a move now recognised by over 50 countries including the United States and the European Union.

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