USA looking at new sanctions against Venezuela: U.S

08 March, 2019, 08:40 | Author: Billie Castillo
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The United States is considering imposing new sanctions on Venezuela to increase pressure on President Nicolas Maduro's government to give up power, USA national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday.

"Next March 9 is the four-year anniversary of the infamous Obama decree, that Venezuela is a threat", Maduro said, during a ceremony commemorating the sixth anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Hugo Chavez.

The United States is considering imposing sanctions on third country actors in response to the Venezuelan crisis, US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams said during a press conference.

Guaido vowed Tuesday to increase pressure on Maduro, who in turn promised to crush a "crazed minority" that wants to remove him from power.

Venezuela is wracked by a humanitarian crisis that has seen poverty soar, with an estimated 2.7 million people leaving the country since 2015. They don't know how to respond to Venezuela's people. Let the insane minority continue with their bitterness, we'll defeat them.

Several countries, including the United States, Lima Group members (excluding Mexico), Australia, Albania, Georgia and Israel, as well as the Organization of American States, recognized him. "They thought the pressure had reached its zenith but it's only just beginning".

Once unknown, the 35-year-old has now gained the support of many Venezuelans and 65 foreign countries, including the U.S., Canada and U.K. He returned to Venezuela Monday after a trip overseas to rally support from the global community.

Guaido then went on to address an ecstatic rally of thousands of supporters, announcing a new round of anti-government protests for Saturday.

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Maduro's government has yet to comment on Guaido's return, which is unusual, considering top officials habitually make references to him on state television and in Twitter posts.

Nicolas Maduro, voting during the 2018 presidential elections.

US Senator Marco Rubio, an influential voice in advocating US measures against Mr Maduro, warned that the Venezuelan government could still act against Mr Guaido in ways that it has refined against other opposition voices.

"If he wanted to build a democratic Venezuela, he had the opportunity to do so, but he did not", Abrams told reporters.

He crossed into Colombia on February 23 to lead a bid to bring in humanitarian aid stockpiled near the border, but the move was blocked by the military and security forces in a day of chaos and bloodshed.

Guaido said the strikes would be staggered and aim to paralyze the public sector.

The opposition-dominated National Assembly, which Guaido heads, will meanwhile start meeting public sector employees on Wednesday, he tweeted.

Guaido says Maduro's presidency is illegitimate after he secured re-election previous year in a vote widely considered a sham.



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