REACTION TO THE SITUATION IN VENEZUELA | US Government Imposes Sanctions Against Maduro
The US government has imposed financial sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. The background is the controversial election of a constitutional assembly that could turn the country into a dictatorship.
Washington The US government has designated Venezuelan socialist president Nicolás Maduro as a dictator and for the first time directly imposed financial sanctions against him. Possible assets and accounts of Maduro in the US would be frozen and US citizens banned all transactions with him, said Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin. “Illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people.” Maduro was the first president in Latin America to join this US sanction list.
Maduro responded with mock: “I am proud of this sanction, Mr. Imperator Donald Trump .” Maduro had initially set the end of the Ice Age with the USA. The oil company Citgo, the Venezuelan state group PDVSA, had even donated 500,000 dollars for Trumps official launch in January. “I do not accept orders from imperialism,” Maduro said to Trump. “I am against North American imperialism, against colonialism, racism. I am against the Ku Klux clan who governs the White House. ”
As other presidents
The United States has so far only played against Kim Jong-un (North Korea), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe) and Bashar al-Assad (Syria), if you will, Maduro is now part of this “axis of evil”. In Venezuela , the opposition announced its intention to fight vigorously against the possible rebuilding of a dictatorship and the elimination of the parliament in which it has a two-thirds majority.
On Sunday the controversial election of the 545 members of a constitutional assembly had taken place. Despite bloody protests and allegations of fraud, Maduro is planning a constitutional reform that would bring the country into a dictatorship, according to critics.
The opposition boycotted the election, almost all candidates who were close to the Socialists were hired. It is expected that the division of powers could be lifted. General Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Díaz, who broke with Maduro, confirmed ten deaths on the election day and severely condemned the planned constitutional reform. “How many Venezuelans still have to die?” She is to be removed from office – Ortega called for the defense of the constitution.
Parliament President Julio Borges said that they would be able to take the place of the Parliament permanently in the National Assembly, but the Constitutional Assembly was to start their work there again this week. This would be the way to the one-party state, A second Cuba. Maduro wants to abolish the immunity of opposition members.
Parliament’s vice president
Freddy Guevara, called on the people to defend the parliament together and not to be expelled. The Catholic Church also called for a repentance. Bishop of the diocese of San Cristóbal, Mario Moronta, told the “El Nacional” portal: “It is time to change direction and respect the will of the people after municipal elections and presidential elections this year,” he said ,
Trumps Security Advisor Herbert Raymond “HR” McMaster said in the White House: “Maduro is not just a bad leader, he is now a dictator.” The US is one of the largest recipients of oil from the South American country Room. Dozens of other states have also condemned Maduro’s plans.
In April, more than 120 people died in protests and unrest. The country with the largest oil reserves is in ruins. Maduro had recently warned the US to interfere with the conflict. He told the Russian RT station, “If Venezuela is split, if the socialist revolution is forced to take up arms, we will fight across the borders again under a common flag.” He has armed some 500,000 militia officers.
The head of the electorate, had said that 8.1 million of the 19.4 million voters had taken part in the election of the Constituent Assembly – Borges, on the other hand, spoke of a “large election fraud”, according to his information, 4 million and thus twelve percent.
Already in the previous week, the US government had imposed financial measures against 13 Socialist officials, including Lucena, the head of the electoral authority. Maduro gave to all 13 a replica of a saber of Simón Bolívar, the liberator of the Spanish colonial power. In addition, in February, Vice-President Tareck El Aissami was issued sanctions against which the US accused of involvement in the cocaine trade. Maduro had finally tightened the tone and warned Trump to “leave his dirty hands” from Venezuela.