The move to evict the protesters from the embassy came after a group of U.S. anti-war activists began moving into the embassy last month.
Today, the US Mission to the United Nations issued a statement on a Security Council Meeting on Venezuela, which notes that the government of President Nicholas Maduro has intensified efforts to jail members of the political opposition.
Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov has rejected USA threats against the Venezuelan government and said it has nothing to do with democracy.
Unlike other officers who have made similar pronouncements, Rangel did not voice support for Juan Guaido - the opposition leader who invoked the constitution in January to assume the interim presidency, arguing that Maduro's 2018 re-election was a fraud. Last week, authorities cut off water and electricity to the embassy.
Over the weekend, Guaido's "envoy" to the US, Carlos Vecchio, sent a letter addressed to US Adm. Craig S. Faller of SOUTHCOM requesting a "meeting with a technical delegation to advance in strategic and operational planning" in order to "restore democracy" in Venezuela.
As they were on the verge of being raided, activists released a video statement, vowing to continue the fight.
Law enforcement could be seen at the embassy on Monday evening.