The Venezuelan embassy in the tony D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown has become an unlikely flashpoint in the fight over who will lead the South American nation.

American activists supporting embattled President Nicolas Maduro have occupied the embassy for weeks. Venezuelan diplomats have left, but Maduro invited the activists to stay.

Meanwhile, Venezuelan supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaidó have been camped outside the embassy, demanding that the activists leave. The U.S. and about 50 other nations recognize Guaidó as Venezuela’s president. Russia, China and the United Nations still recognize Maduro as president.

Pro Nicolas Maduro supporters hold signs and speak with a bullhorn from the second floor window of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Pro Nicolas Maduro supporters hold signs and speak with a bullhorn from the second floor window of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The State Department is responsible for the embassy, but so far hasn’t tried to remove the activists from the building.

U.S. activist Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, right, and others, sing together outside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
U.S. activist Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, right, and others, sing together outside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)