Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro's rivals 'taken away in in the night'

Wednesday, 02 Aug, 2017

The Trump administration sanctioned Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Monday, accusing him and his government of undermining democracy in the South American country.

As a result of the sanctions, the statement read, "all assets of Maduro are now subject to US jurisdiction are frozen and all USA persons are prohibited from dealing with him". "They will not break us", commented Tintori on Twitter when she posted the footage. In February, it put Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami on a list of foreign nationals subject to economic sanctions because of suspected ties to the narcotics trade.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the US would continue to monitor Venezuela but declined to detail potential future economic sanctions.

The two men's detention comes after the violent constitutional assembly election on Sunday for the creation of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), a body that President Maduro created to rewrite the nation's constitution.

The most dramatic action Trump could take is to halt all imports of Venezuelan oil to the United States.

Clashes in Venezuela continue and opposition leaders were taken from their homes last night by Maduro allies.

University of Houston energy economist Ed Hirs said in an email that the bulk of Venezuelan oil is most likely shipped to the two Gulf Coast refineries owned by CITGO, which is owned by Venezuela and mortgaged to Russian oil companies.

Other options under consideration include individual sanctions or various measures to restrict the Venezuelan government and state oil company PDVSA's access to the US banking system.

She wrote on Twitter: "Maduro's sham election is another step towards dictatorship".

The U.S. holds another potentially potent card in its pocket: sanctions targeting Venezuela's oil sector, which is the engine of the country's economy and the chief source of hard currency.

In response to the power-grap, the Trump Administration imposed sanctions on President Maudo, freezing any American assets he may have, as well as banning Americans from doing business with him.

When pressed by Julia on the abduction of the opposition leaders, Griffiths said this sort of thing "happens all too frequently" in democratic countries.

On 27 July 27, the bishops reiterated their rejection of the constituent assembly election in a seven-point communique and urged the country's armed forces to avoid more deaths in the streets.

She released home security camera footage in which four uniformed police officers and three in civilian garb are seen putting her husband into a Sebin vehicle and take off, with other cars escorting them.

Recession and sky-high inflation have left many Venezuelans unable to afford basic necessities - and those who have the money face shortages of everything from food to medicine. If Venezuela can't buy from the US, it will need to pay up to get supplies from other countries.

"By designating Maduro himself, he joins a very exclusive club, including Mr. [Robert] Mugabe, Bashar al-Assad and Kim Jong Un", McMaster said during the daily White House press briefing.

The new assembly will have powers to rewrite the constitution and supersede other institutions, including the opposition-dominated congress.

Along with the USA, the European Union and nations including Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Spain and Britain criticized Sunday's vote. We won't accept an illegitimate government.