US Brands Venezuela's Maduro a Dictator and Slaps Him with Sanctions

US Brands Venezuela's Maduro a Dictator and Slaps Him with Sanctions

"There were 15 opposition parties that took part in the elections to the Constituent Assembly", Griffiths said, "which were carried out, incidentally, completely in accordance with Venezuela's democratically agreed constitution".

"They just took Leopoldo away". We do not know where he is or where he is taken.

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 auto and take off, with other cars escorting them.

The arrests of the two opposition leaders have been greeted by global condemnation. Lopez was granted house arrest July 8 after spending more than three years in jail. He had been convicted of instigating violence during protests against Maduro in 2014 that left 43 people dead.

Mayor of Caracas Ledezma was serving house arrest since 2015 after having being charged with leading a coup against Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro.

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Opposition lawmaker Freddy Guevara said the arrests were aimed at "frightening us and demoralizing us". There is a march today, but it will be more like some kind of remembrance of those who have been killed during these months of protest. The next one is scheduled for 2018.

The new Constituent Assembly is set to replace the democratically elected members this week. More than 80 percent believe that the current constitution-drafted by Maduro's predecessor, Hugo Chávez, who compared it to the Bible and would hand out miniature copies of it at rallies-is sufficient.

The sanctions freeze any assets Maduro may have in USA jurisdictions and bar Americans from doing business with him. "Why would so many people be voting if it was merely symbolic?" he said, describing the vote as the Venezuelan population's endorsement of the Bolivarian government that has been continuously democratically elected and certified by the worldwide groups who have monitored their elections", he continued.

Maduro lashed out at the move, saying it smacked of American imperialism.

"I don't take imperialist orders, I don't take orders from foreign governments", he added.

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As you say, there have been protests. "I ask you not to be accomplices in the annihilation of the republic". After the strike, the opposition has planned a demonstration for Friday billed as a "takeover of Caracas ".

Despite Venezuela's growing global isolation, Maduro has insisted that the new constituent assembly will be sworn in as planned. "Maduro is responsible if something happens to him".

"Maduro's blatant power grab removes any ambiguity about whether Venezuela is a democracy", said Michael Shifter, head of the Inter-American Dialogue research center.

According to the opposition, voter turnout was closer to 12%, a figure more aligned with the lack of lines at many polling stations.

Many nations across the hemisphere announced they would not accept the election of the assembly and European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said Monday that an assembly "elected under doubtful and often violent circumstances can not be part of the solution". Recent polls suggested 85 per cent of Venezuelans opposed holding the assembly and similar numbers disapprove of Maduro's performance at a time the economy is cratering and food and medicine are so short that malnutrition is becoming a serious problem.

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