Venezuela opposition leader blocked from traveling to UN
Relations between the U.S. and the Venezuelan government have been chilly for years.
On Wednesday, the government said it was sending 2,000 soldiers to a border state that is a hotspot of anti-government radicalism after looting that killed a 15-year-old in the latest unrest roiling the nation.
Caracas’ point man here Wednesday suggested his government had forgiven the Freundel Stuart Government for the April 26 vote, in which Barbados joined 18 other countries, including the Bahamas, Jamaica, Guyana and St Lucia, in approving a meeting of foreign ministers to discuss the deteriorating political and economic situation in Venezuela. The protest in Caracas comes after a tumultuous 24 hour. The protest in Caracas come.
The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned eight members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice because they “usurped” the authority of the Latin American country’s legislature. In February, the target was Vice President Tareck El Aissami, whom USA officials accuse of being involved in worldwide drug trafficking.
Venezuela ‘s latest wave of anti-government unrest, which has left at least 45 people dead in the last six weeks, began with the Supreme Court, packed with Maduro supporters, assuming the authorities of the opposition-led Congress in late March. More than 40 people have been killed in nearly two months of unrest in Venezuela.
“The Venezuelan people are suffering from a collapsing economy brought about by their government’s mismanagement and corruption”, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
As it was live-twitted by Delcy Rodriguez, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
“For the sake of the Venezuelan people, and the security of the region”, Haley said, “we must work together to ensure Maduro ends this violence and oppression and restores democracy to the people”.
Trump’s administration has repeatedly raised concerns that Maduro is moving toward one-party, authoritarian rule.
Uruguay’s United Nations ambassador Elbio Rosselli, president of the Security Council for May, said that at this point Uruguay believed the Venezuelan crisis should be handled within the region. How is that possible? Hopefully that will change and they can use those assets for the good. “Because right now what’s happening is really a disgrace to humanity”.
The sanctions package, which could be announced as early as Thursday, is expected to designate those unnamed officials for punitive measures to be enforced by the US Treasury Department, the sources told Reuters. It said the National Assembly was in contempt. Three years ago, three months of anti-government demonstrations resulted in 43 people killed. Opposition leaders deny that and say heavy-handed officers and armed, pro-government militias known as “colectivos” are responsible.