New sanc­tions on Venezuela of­fi­cials up­com­ing

Cape Breton Post - - World -

BO­GOTA — A con­gres­sional aide and a U.S. of­fi­cial say the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion plans to im­pose new sanc­tions against Venezue­lan of­fi­cials for al­leged hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions as it grows more con­cerned about the crack­down on anti-gov­ern­ment pro­test­ers.

The two spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity af­ter be­ing briefed on the ac­tion, which they say could come as early as Thurs­day.

The of­fi­cials say the list of black­listed of­fi­cials is likely to in­clude mem­bers of Venezuela’s Supreme Court, which is­sued a con­tro­ver­sial late March rul­ing strip­ping congress of its last pow­ers. The rul­ing was later par­tially re­versed amid in­ter­na­tional crit­i­cism, but it sparked a protest move­ment that has con­tin­ued for nearly two months and left more than 40 peo­ple dead.

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