Venezuelan opposition's envoy to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, celebrated the eviction of the last protesters loyal to President Nicolas Maduro from the Venezuelan Embassy building in Washington DC on Thursday.

The last four demonstrators were evicted from the building by the US police earlier the same day.

"I can tell you that they are out of the building and today this embassy is a free territory. Today is a historic moment because after 20 years of oppression we have planted here the seeds and the flag of freedom and democracy",Vecchio said.

Opposition supporters waved Venezuelan flags and sang.

Pro-Maduro activists were also present with some chanting: "Yes to Venezuela. No to imperialism", accusing the opposition of being a "puppet" of the US.

Activists occupied the embassy since April 24 as an attempt to prevent the US from handing the embassy over to opposition representatives.

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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VOA News 26 Feb 2020 17:06 CET

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