U.S. Treasury Department Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelan Supreme Court

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 19, 2017

The protest in Caracas. Thursday's protest in Caracas comes after a tumultuous 24 hours of looting and protests in the.

He added: "And we will do whatever is necessary and we will work together to do whatever is necessary to help with fixing that".

The high court is dominated by loyalists of President Nicolas Maduro. The protest in Caracas come.

(AP Photo/Fernando Llano). Security forces fire tear gas at anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, May 18, 2017.

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on the chief judge and seven other members of Venezuela 's Supreme Court on Thursday as punishment for annulling the opposition-led Congress earlier this year, US officials said.

On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump called the situation in Venezuela a "disgrace to humanity", and said the deadly political crisis is possibly the worst of its kind in "decades". His assets within US jurisdiction and those of seven other justices have been frozen and USA citizens are prohibited from doing business with them.

In March, the Venezuelan Supreme Court temporarily dissolved the National Assembly and assumed the powers of the legislature.

The ruling was later partially reversed amid a backlash of worldwide criticism, but it sparked a protest movement that has continued for almost two months and on Thursday claimed another victim, bringing the death toll to 45.

"The Venezuelan people are suffering from a collapsing economy brought about by their government's mismanagement and corruption".

"President Trump has made clear that the US will not tolerate bad actors that exist in Venezuela under President Maduro", they added.

The Florida Republican represents the state with the largest number of Venezuelans living in the United States, many of whom strongly oppose Maduro's socialist government.

Trump's administration has repeatedly raised concerns that Maduro is moving toward one-party, authoritarian rule.

Mobs looted shops and fought security forces overnight in Venezuela's restive western region, where three soldiers were being charged on Thursday with the fatal shooting of a man who was buying diapers for his baby, witnesses said.

"You sort of have to wonder: Why is that happening?" How is that possible?

Foreign Assets Control list that discourages foreign banks from doing business with them as well.

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, was due to meet with Capriles in NY on Friday. One was the approval of Maduro's budget and his appointment of two government sympathizers to the National Electoral Council, decisions that are supposed to require National Assembly approval.

The announcement followed a series of rulings since mid-2016 in which the court usurped the National Assembly's powers in support of Maduro.

Most shops in San Cristobal, a traditional hotbed of anti-government militancy, were closed on Thursday, with long lines at the few establishments open.

That action, which was later reversed in the face of global criticism and street protests, was one of a half-dozen rulings by the court that USA officials say "interfere with or limit the National Assembly's authority".

The new sanctions come as Maduro is facing increasing pressure at home and overseas to hold elections.

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