US imposes sanctions on members of Venezuela's Supreme Court
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 10:17
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has likened the harassment of government officials and their families living overseas to the treatment of Jews under the Nazis. "My passport is valid until 2020".
Manuel Castellanos was allegedly shot in the back by government troops who were firing at protesters in the town of Tucape, El Nacional newspaper said, APA reports quoting sputniknews.
President Donald Trump labeled Venezuela's ongoing political and economic turmoil "a disgrace to humanity", as the Treasury Department slapped sanctions on members of the crisis-torn country's Supreme Court.
On Wednesday, the United Nations Security Council held a closed-door session over the deteriorating situation in Venezuela at the request of the United States.
More than 40 people have been killed in nearly two months of unrest in Venezuela.
Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have participated in near-daily anti-government street demonstrations since the Supreme Court's ruling in late March.
Three people, including two teenagers, were killed in Tachira this week.
There was an global outcry against the court 's de facto annulment of the National Assembly, which the opposition won in late 2015 during an unprecedented economic and social crisis.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is praising the Trump administration for imposing sanctions on eight members of Venezuela's Supreme Court.
"In the recent past they had discussions about the two countries and the president [gave] the reasons why things are happening in Venezuela and the Honourable Freundel Stuart heard what he was saying", Perez said.
The department announced in a news release Thursday that it has designated eight of the court's judges as government officials under a 2015 executive order signed by then President Barack Obama.
Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez took to Twitter to reject the US-imposed measures, calling them "outrageous and unacceptable". In February, the USA ordered sanctions against Vice President Tareck El Aissami, accusing him of playing a major role in worldwide drug trafficking.
Maduro's government, however, accuses the opposition of seeking a violent coup and says numerous protesters are no more than "terrorists".
"With the greatest oil riches in the world, Venezuela's people seek food in rubbish ... the elderly faint in lines to seek food and medicines".
Speaking in Washington alongside visiting President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, Venezuela 's neighbor, Trump called the humanitarian situation "a disgrace to humanity" and promised to help fix it, but he offered no new US approach. The Washington-based Organization of American States is holding a rare foreign ministers council session on the troubled South American nation later this month.
Venezuela's U.N. envoy Rafael Ramirez in turn accused the United States of seeking to topple the Maduro government.