Sunday, 08 December, 2019

Venezuelan Protesters Burn National Guard Truck in Country's North

An anti-government protester is taken away on a motorcycle by other demonstrators after injuring his leg during clashes with security forces in Caracas Venezuela Thursday Venezuelan Protesters Burn National Guard Truck in Country's North
Christy Curtis | 21 May, 2017, 02:45

A protester tries to flee government security forces during a demonstration by opponents of President Nicolas Maduro who gathered to block a major highway in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, May 20, 2017.

President Juan Manuel Santos is seeking Trump's support for a peace accord Colombia signed past year with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Speaking alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos yesterday, Mr Trump expressed dismay at Venezuela's crisis, asking how a country holding the nation's largest oil reserves could be stricken by so much poverty and turmoil.

Trump may also seek Colombia's help stemming the flow of drugs into the US from Latin America.

He told a news conference that the new rallies aim "to show those who think they have made us retreat that we are more active than ever".

The move provoked condemnation from Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez. Members of the country's Supreme Court of Justice have exacerbated the situation by consistently interfering with the legislative branch's authority, ” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

Venezuelan protesters and supporters of embattled President Nicolas Maduro take to the streets Saturday as a deadly political crisis plays out in a divided country on the verge of paralysis.

Maduro's comments came a day after the US imposed fresh sanctions on eight members of Venezuela's Supreme Court in retaliation for the court's decision to strip power from the country's legislature.

Thunder's Kanter heading to US after detainment in Romania
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President Nicolas Maduro also weighed in, accusing the USA of "leading" the "destabilisation of Venezuela".

"By imposing these targeted sanctions, the United States is supporting the Venezuelan people in their efforts to protect and advance democratic governance in their country", the treasury head and former Goldman Sachs banker said.

She said the sanctions are proof of "the United States authority and leadership in the destabilization of Venezuela". Maduro has sought to maintain those relations, most recently sending Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez to Moscow in April for an worldwide security conference even as violent confrontations with protesters and outbreaks of looting were continuing to unfold. The sanctions were in retaliation to a controversial TSJ ruling that effectively granted the court with the power to pass legislation without parliamentary approval. The decision was later partially reversed, though it did not stop the unrest.

The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on members of Venezuela's Supreme Court following a series of rulings that the USA says has usurped power from the nation's opposition-controlled congress and sparked a deadly wave of unrest.

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Trump described Venezuela's current state as a "disgrace to humanity".

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