USA seeks joint effort to ensure Venezuela head ends violence

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - The Trump administration plans to impose new sanctions on Venezuelan officials for alleged human rights violations as it grows more concerned about the crackdown on anti-government protesters, a congressional aide and a US official said.

The ruling was later partially reversed amidinternational criticism, but it sparked a protest movement that has continued for almost two months and left more than 40 people dead.

The threat of new sanctions comes as Venezuela's socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, is facing increasing global pressure to hold elections.

Police have fired tear gas and protesters have hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails in near-daily clashes.

"President Trump has made clear that the USA will not tolerate bad actors that exist in Venezuela under President Maduro", they added.

Venezuela's Supreme Court has always been filled with government loyalists, some of dubious legal qualifications.

Word of the new sanctions came as President Donald Trump expressed dismay at how once-prospero us Venezuela was now mired in poverty, saying "it's been unbelievably poorly run". But sanctions so far have stopped short of hit ting the oil sector in Venezuela, which is a major USA oil supplier.

Looting and attacks against security installations erupted overnight in the state of Tachira, which borders Colombia, authorities said. During the telephone conversation, Maduro's initiative, they particularly dealt with the implementation of oil production reduction agreement signed by members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and by non-oil nations as well.

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The White House declined to comment to Politico , while Lieberman's office had not yet replied as of the publication of its story. The updates came from Trump as he addressed the media after a White House meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

In a video posted on Twitter, Capriles said his passport had been "stolen" from him by Venezuelan immigration authorities at Caracas' global airport.

A water canon sprays government protesters trying to reach the Interior Ministry, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, May 18, 2017.

The opposition has accused the government of violently repressing protests by Venezuelans demanding early elections to remove Maduro from power.

The revolutionary government has significantly eroded the political and economic hegemony the USA had over Venezuelan oil, which holds one of the largest petroleum reserves in the world.

"Members of the country's Supreme Court of Justice have exacerbated the situation by consistently interfering with the legislative branch's authority", he said. Less than a month ago Capriles was barred by the Maduro administration from running for elected office for the next 15 years. Even though they no longer sit in congress, the court said parliamentary leaders had not handled their case legally.

The UN Security Council turned its attention to the growing crisis in Venezuela for the first time on Wednesday, May 17, as the U.S. warned of the consequences of "serious instability" in the country.

"It is not tolerable that these individuals, after they destroyed the country, and are responsible for the chaos that Venezuela is experiencing, seek to exonerate themselves", he said.

"In Venezuela there is no justice - the victims must do justice in our own way - and these acts of repudiation are one of them", he said.

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