Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

United States slaps sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court judges

United States slaps sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court judges

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Thursday authorities confiscated his passport and prevented him from travelling to NY to discuss his country's deadly political crisis with United Nations officials.

Maduro has presided over a collapse of the Venezuelan economy and a crackdown on democracy in the South American nation, where the opposition has routinely cried foul.

This death has brought to 44 the number of people killed in Venezuela since the start of protests in early April.

A demonstrator holds a Venezuelan flag during a vigil for the victims of the clashes with the government's security forces, during protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Venezuela's government said yesterday it was sending troops to a western region rocked by violence during anti-government protests, as the United Nations Security Council prepared to discuss the crisis.

At the United Nations, Venezuela repeated its rejection of what it considers foreign meddling in its affairs.

"From a humanitarian standpoint, it is like nothing we've seen in quite a long time", Trump said, adding, "Right now what's happening is, really, a disgrace to humanity".

Capriles had meant to brief the high commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on deadly violence in Venezuela that has left 43 people dead.

Capriles, the governor of Miranda State and a two-time presidential candidate, had planned to meet with the United Nations human rights commission to talk about the deaths and detentions that have taken place during national protests that began April 1.

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez responded on Twitter by repeating Maduro's allegation that the United States was out to topple his government.

Critics of Maduro say it is an excuse for him to consolidate power and muzzle the opposition.

But Jose Colina, who founded and directs the Organization of Venezuelans in Exile, said the public humiliations are a form of "justice".

Haley said rather than waiting for the Venezuela situation to become so serious that there has to be a Security Council meeting, "Why not try and stop a problem before it starts?"

"This isn't getting better, it's getting worse, and what we are trying to say is the worldwide community needs to say "respect the human rights of your people" or this is going to go in the direction we've seen so many others go", US Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters following Security Council talks.

"The US meddling stimulates the action of violent groups in Venezuela", he said, after showing photos of vandalism and violence he blamed on opposition groups.

Opposition activists clash with riot police during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, on May 10, 2017.

As night fell on Wednesday, thousands of opposition supporters poured onto the streets of different cities for rallies and vigils in honor of the fatalities during protests.

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