Treasury Department: Venezuela's defense, security sectors could face sanctions

Treasury Department: Venezuela's defense, security sectors could face sanctions

Kerry Wise
May 15, 2019

"As Venezuela has been denouncing since January, theU.S. instigates, promotes, organizes and finances an irresponsible campaignaimed at change of government by force, which demonstrates its contempt for sovereignty, peace and democracy".

In recent weeks, Guaido has faced several other setbacks in his attempts to take power after an attempted military uprising on April 30 was put down.

Zambrano - who is being held in a military prison - is one of 10 opposition lawmakers charged with treason for participating in the April 30 movement.

Guaido is the president of the national assembly where the opposition is in the majority.

US President Donald Trump has said all options remain on the table.

Administration officials also say they're taking action to stop foreign entities that have worked with the Maduro government to shut down the internet when opposition leader Juan Guaido is speaking and prevent his supporters from coordinating activities.

A Southern Command spokesman said yesterday that a US Coast Guard vessel was conducting a "counter-drug detection and monitoring mission" in "international waters" in the Caribbean Sea on 9 May. "Zambrano's arrest may be a test to gauge the response of the worldwide community before it moves against Guaido".

It was not yet clear if Zambrano was already at the Helicoide.

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The 64-year-old's vehicle was surrounded outside his Democratic Action Party's headquarters before it was towed, with him still in it, to the notorious Helicoide prison inside Sebin headquarters.

Guaido argues that Maduro illegitimately won a second term in rigged elections and has boldly declared himself interim president of Venezuela.

WASHINGTON, May 11 -The Trump administration today expanded the scope of its Venezuela sanctions to the defense and security services sectors to try to crank up economic pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The former intelligence chief had been sanctioned by the United States for belonging to SEBIN, an agency claimed by Washington as part of a "torture center".

The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Moreno and the seven principal members of the court's constitutional chamber in 2017 for rulings that "usurped the authority" of the National Assembly.

Opponents of the Nicolas Maduro government chant slogans in support of Juan Guaido at a rally in Caracas on Saturday.

The remarks, at the end of a rally Saturday, mark one of his strongest public pleas yet for greater USA involvement in the country's fast-escalating crisis.

The head of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, said: "We demand the SEBIN stop the intimidation, respect the lawmakers' parliamentary immunities, and immediately released Edgar Zambrano".