Protesters arrested at Venezuelan Embassy face US charges

Federal agents walk out of the Venezuelan Embassy after arresting pro Nicolas Maduro supporters during a eviction from the Venezuelan Embassy in Washi

Federal agents walk out of the Venezuelan Embassy after arresting pro Nicolas Maduro supporters during a eviction from the Venezuelan Embassy in Washi

A pro Nicolas Maduro supporter Adrienne Pine is arrested, during the eviction of Maduro's supporters from the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, Thursd

A pro Nicolas Maduro supporter Adrienne Pine is arrested, during the eviction of Maduro's supporters from the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, Thursd

Opposition leader Juan Guaido supporters celebrate during the eviction and arrest of Nicolas Maduro's supporters from the Venezuelan Embassy in Washin

Opposition leader Juan Guaido supporters celebrate during the eviction and arrest of Nicolas Maduro's supporters from the Venezuelan Embassy in Washin

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four demonstrators arrested after a weeks-long protest inside the Venezuelan Embassy have been formally charged in federal court.

Prosecutors say Kevin Bruce Zeese, Margaret Ann Flowers, Adrienne Pine and David Vernon Paul appeared before a judge Friday.

They say an arrest warrant was issued earlier this week and the four were arrested Thursday at the embassy in Georgetown.

The U.S. attorney's office in Washington says they've been charged with interfering with the protective functions of the State Department.

The protesters consider Nicolás Maduro to be the legitimate Venezuelan president. But the U.S. and more than 50 other countries say Maduro's recent reelection was fraudulent and are backing congressional leader Juan Guaidó's claim to the presidency.

Guaidó's newly named ambassador had requested the help of U.S. authorities in clearing the building.