British Labor Leader Laments Lost Lives in Venezuela…of Repressive Security Forces

British Labor Leader Laments Lost Lives in Venezuela…of Repressive Security Forces

The UN announcement came as Venezuela's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of opposition mayor Ramon Muchacho of the Caracas district of Chacao, which has been the site of intense anti-government protests against President Nicolas Maduro.

The dire economic situation also has stirred deep bitterness as people struggle with skyrocketing inflation and shortages of food and medicine.

But the United Nations said that some anti-government demonstrators had also resorted to violence and that eight members of the security forces had been killed during demonstrations.

Late Monday, the head of the pro-Maduro assembly, former foreign minister Delcy Rodriguez, led soldiers and others in invading the chamber where the opposition-controlled National Assembly meets, sharpening tensions between the rival bodies.

To work around the Parliament, where the opposition is in the majority since the beginning of 2016, it installed Saturday for a constituent Assembly, can dissolve the Parliament and rewrite the Constitution of the deceased Hugo Chavez, president from 1999 to 2013.

Government officials have said the assembly should strip lawmakers of their immunity from prosecution - a move meant to hold them accountable for allegedly stirring violence in four months of anti-government protests that have left more than 120 people dead and hundreds more injured or detained.

The Treasury Department says seven are current or former Venezuelan government officials.

"As President Trump has made clear, the United States will not ignore the Maduro regime's ongoing efforts to undermine democracy, freedom and the rule of law", Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement.

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United Nations chief Antonio Guterres "is concerned that recent developments could lead to further escalation of tensions", his spokesman said in a statement.

Seventeen American countries have condemned the "democratic rupture of Venezuela's democratic order" and said that they will not recognize measures that the recently-elected Constitutional Assembly adopts in this country, because of "its illegitimate nature", dpa has reported.

Peru's president has been vocal in rejecting the new Venezuelan assembly, but the region has had trouble agreeing on collective actions.

Foreign ministers from 14 nations are meeting in Peru on Tuesday in hopes of finding consensus on a regional response to Venezuela's growing political crisis.

The July 30 election of the Constituent Assembly was marred by street violence in which 10 people died, and charges of fraud brought by the British-based company that supplied the polling technology.

Meanwhile, leaders from the Bolivarian Alliance, a leftist coalition of 11 Latin American nations, met in Caracas and declared Venezuela's constitutional assembly a "sovereign act" aimed at helping the nation overcome its difficulties.

"It is unclear who the perpetrators in the remaining deaths may be", it said. He appeared in a video released on the day of the attack encouraging other military units to join his rebellion.

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