Published: Wed, April 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Venezuela's Guaido calls demo to maintain pressure on Maduro

Venezuela's Guaido calls demo to maintain pressure on Maduro

"Let's fill the streets of Caracas with joy, " Maduro tweeted. In a tweet, Bolton stated, "The Department of the Treasury has sanctioned companies and vessels facilitating illegal oil transfers from the Maduro regime to Cuba".

Pro-Guaido protests drew thousands in rallies across the country on Saturday.

The United States and dozens of other countries stand at odds with the government of Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro, recognising opposition leader Juan Guaido as its legitimate president.

Maduro has blamed US-backed sabotage for the massive blackouts that have deprived millions of power.

Guaido said earlier this week he feared abduction by government agents.

"It is Abrams who should be in prison, condemned in the United States for genocide in Central America", said Cabello, referring to the USA official's controversial role in the Central American conflicts of the 1980s.

The official response was published hours after Washington announced it would sanction 34 freighters of the state-owned oil company PDVSA and transport companies "to affect the shipment of oil to the sister Republic of Cuba".

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"This is only a first step", United States national security advisor John Bolton tweeted on Saturday in reference to the sanctions. "This legislation will offer needed humanitarian assistance and support for Venezuela's long path to democratic order", said Sen.

Washington on Friday added to pressure on Maduro by imposing financial sanctions on two companies involved in shipping oil from Venezuela to Cuba, along with almost three dozen ships.

However, China, Russia, and other countries have slammed global interference in Venezuela's internal affairs, throwing their weight behind Maduro.

A series of widespread blackouts have disrupted production and daily life in Venezuela since it suffered a major worst blackout on 7 March when a power outage plunged most of the country into darkness for around five days and led to shortages of water and gas.

It comes ahead of a meeting of the UN Security Council next Wednesday, called by the United States to discuss the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Latin American country.

The US and its allies view the socialist president as illegitimate since he took office in January for a second six-year term following elections seen as deeply flawed.

"We are exhausted", said Verony Mendez, 48, whose water was cut off two months ago.

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