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USA imposes sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court

19 Mai 2017

Since early April, Venezuela has been rocked by near-daily anti-government street demonstrations aimed at removing President Nicolas Maduro from power. More than 40 people have been killed in sometimes violent protests.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday called the situation in Venezuela a "disgrace to humanity" and said the deadly political crisis was possibly the worst of its kind in decades.

"Venezuela is the most important theme of the Organization of American States, Mercosur and Union of South American Nations".

"More will come until they change their ways", he said. But sanctions so far have stopped short of hitting the oil sector in Venezuela, which is a major U.S. oil supplier. "We just want respect for our sovereignty, we want respect for our independence, we want to be free and we want the support of the Caribbean for our sovereignty", Head of Mission Francisco Manuel Perez Santana told journalists at a news conference at the embassy in Hastings, Christ Church.

The state prosecution service said on Twitter the boy was killed "during a demonstration" there.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said he hoped the passport revocation was not a "reprisal" linked to his scheduled meeting with Capriles on Friday.

Diplomats said the United Nations Security Council was scheduled to hold a closed-door meeting regarding the political turmoil in Venezuela for the first time on Wednesday.

He accuses his opponents of trying to oust him in a coup with the backing of Washington.

Protesters are angry about shortages of food and medicine and a soaring inflation, blaming Maduro. Another was a ruling a year ago declaring null all acts of the National Assembly issued while it remains in contempt of an earlier ruling requiring the congress to unseat three elected lawmakers over still-unproven allegations of voting fraud. Public transportation was shut down Wednesday, many businesses closed and long lines snaked to the few operating ATMs.

The anger is intensifying on an worldwide scale: in Miami, Florida last Sunday former Venezuelan minister Eugenio Vasquez Orellana and his partner were booed at a bakery and ultimately forced to leave.

"We will be working with Colombia and other countries on the Venezuela problem", Trump said.

France became the latest country calling for mediation amid the worsening situation.

"My mom sent my brother yesterday to buy flour for dinner and a little while later, we received a call saying he'd been injured by a bullet", said his sister Maria Contreras, waiting for his body to be brought to a San Cristobal morgue.

USA imposes sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court