Venezuela rejects Trump's threats of violence

Fugitive mayor urges Venezuelans to continue resistance

Fugitive mayor urges Venezuelans to continue resistance

The vice president departs Sunday for Latin America on the heels of yet another provocative statement from President Donald Trump that he is sure to have to answer for.

After months of being the region's whipping boy, Venezuela on Saturday saw some of its most ardent foes (reluctantly) coming to its defense - pushing back against Trump's threat to use military force to deal with the socialist administration in Caracas.

The latest measures were meant to make good on the Trump administration's threats to sanction anyone who helped create or joined the new assembly.

Key to the populist rhetoric used by both is a constant drumbeat of warnings that the U.S.

Mr Smolansky, the fifth mayor to face such sanctions this year, was also accused of defying an order to prevent opposition protests from blocking streets.

Nearly since Maduro took office in 2013, he has been warning of US military designs on Venezuela, home to the world's largest oil reserves.

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Saturday slammed the "warmongering" declarations of the US President Donald Trump as "threats to peace".

But on Saturday the bloc was condemning Washington's saber rattling.

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On Friday, Trump blasted Venezuela's leader, President Nicolas Maduro, as a "dictator", saying that the crisis in the country could prompt a United States military response.

Trump's comments have been downplayed by the State Department and Pentagon, but have drawn the ire of a region that has always been sensitive to Washington meddling and CIA-backed coups. "But now the claim has been validated", said Mark Feierstein, who served as President Barack Obama's top national security adviser on Latin America.

Well before Maduro himself responded, governments in Latin America with a long memory of US interventions were quick to express alarm over what sounded to them like saber-rattling.

"He's doing Maduro a favor by reinforcing the nationalist position that the Gringos want to come and attack Venezuela".

Assembly president and former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez added, "Insults and aggression" against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro would be rejected by the "anti-imperialist people of Venezuela". And the regime's use of excessive force and mass detentions had repulsed all but its staunchest allies in the region. "Today the countries that on Tuesday signed on to a strong statement criticizing Maduro's authoritarian direction are spending their time criticizing Trump's statements", Smilde said.

Luis Suarez, a Cuban professor on global relations, reckons this direct threat as an explicit violation of the declaration of Latin America and the Caribbean as a peace zone, signed in Havana in 2014 by all presidents of the region during the annual summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

The sanctions marked a further escalation of the US response to Maduro's establishment last week of the new constituent assembly, an all-powerful body run by his Socialist Party loyalists and which has drawn worldwide condemnation. Also this week, ruling party hard-liner Diosdado Cabello announced that a Venezuelan employee of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas had been detained for asking questions about Cabello's whereabouts.

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