Activists vow to stay inside the Venezuelan embassy

Activists vow to stay inside the Venezuelan embassy
An activist who supports Venezuelan Nicolas Maduro stands by the window of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, Monday, May 13, 2019. U.S. authorities have served an eviction notice to activists who have stayed for more than a month inside the embassy and asked them to leave immediately. (AP Photo/Luis Alonso Lugo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Activists who have staged a protest inside the Venezuelan embassy for 35 days say they plan to stay put hours after law enforcement informed them they are trespassing on embassy property.

“We are not following the order. It is illegal,” activist Kevin Zeese told reporters Tuesday from a window on the second floor of the building.

Zeese said there are a total of four people but only two other people came to the window. He said they have sufficient food and water to continue their protest.

The activists have been living inside the embassy because they consider Nicolas Maduro the legitimate president of Venezuela. The U.S. and 50 other countries say Maduro’s re-election was fraudulent and have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president.