US Sanctions Venezuelans It Said Helped Form Assembly

US Sanctions Venezuelans It Said Helped Form Assembly

US Sanctions Venezuelans It Said Helped Form Assembly

The new USA sanctions targeted politicians and security figures but stopped short of actions against Venezuela's vital oil industry.

The measures freeze the targets' US assets, ban them from travel to the United States and prohibit Americans from doing business with them.

In its ongoing attempt to fracture Venezuela's hard-pressed government, the USA placed financial sanctions Wednesday on eight allies of President Nicolas Maduro involved in creating a newly inaugurated legislative superbody that the worldwide community has decried as an affront to democracy. The United States sanctioned Maduro himself last week and 13 other Maduro supporters two weeks ago.

According to US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Washington is assessing the situation and "considering the possibility" of further sanctions against Maduro and his government.

"This regime's disregard for the will of the Venezuelan people is unacceptable".

A Venezuelan mayor under an arrest warrant rejected his order of detention Wednesday in a video shot from a secret location in which he urged Venezuelans to continue to resist President Nicolas Maduro. Still, Venezuela is facing mounting pressure and threats of deepening sanctions from trade partners. President Trump threatened Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro with, "strong and swift economic actions" if he continued with his plan to rewrite the country's constitution.

The Venezuelan government reacted by saying the United States was "making a fool of itself in front of the world".

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The opposition sat out the election for delegates to the so-called constituyente and later accused the government of overstating results by millions of votes, a claim backed by the company that provides the government with voting machines.

Venezuela's opposition boycotted votes under the rule of Maduro's predecessor, Hugo Chavez, thereby ceding power to the government yet never prompting the intended global backlash.

Authorities say a total of 20 men attacked the Paracamay barracks in central Venezuela early Sunday in hopes of sparking an uprising.

The government-sponsored Constitutional Assembly passed the decree in the Federal Legislative Palace, the chamber where the National Assembly, the Venezuelan congress, met on Monday.

The court has sentenced Ramon Muchacho to 15 months in prison for not following an order to remove barricades set up by anti-government prostesters in the Chacao district of eastern Caracas. Judges appointed by the National Assembly have sought refuge in Chile while Venezuelans have been forced to flee due to lack of medical supplies.

Portugal's foreign minister said recently his country always defines its position based on "what is more beneficial and what is more harmful" to the 500,000 Portuguese living in Venezuela.

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