Guaido Communicating With U.S. Military To Place Pressure on Maduro

CrisisMigration      Venezuelans Abroad Are Now Victims of Political Appropriation
       By Tania Villanueva Heredia

CrisisMigration Venezuelans Abroad Are Now Victims of Political Appropriation By Tania Villanueva Heredia

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the announcement "puts Venezuela's military and intelligence services, as well as those who support them, on notice that their continued backing of the illegitimate Maduro regime will be met with serious consequences".

"They will have to pay before the courts for the failed coup that they attempted".

Opposition leaders and global officials also condemned the arrest. In a letter circulated after he broke ranks with Maduro, he wrote that his decision was prompted by his desire to "rebuild the country" and fight rampant corruption.

US President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin a week ago, a conversation that revealed Moscow to be relatively disinterested in the fate of Maduro, according to a senior US administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Edgar Zambrano, deputy speaker of the opposition-majority National Assembly, is being held in preventive detention for "the flagrant commission of the crimes of treason, conspiracy and civil rebellion", the Supreme Court said in a statement announcing the verdict of a lower court.

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Members of the Venezuelan opposition overseas are calling for the global community to condemn the arrest of a top lawmaker in the crisis-wracked nation.

As a result of the sanctions, all property and interests in property of those sanctioned targets that are subject to US jurisdiction will be blocked, and USA persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them, the statement noted.

In January, Guaido boldly declared himself interim president of Venezuela, arguing that Maduro illegitimately won a second term in rigged elections.

"We have instructed our ambassador Carlos Vecchio to meet immediately ... with the Southern Command and its admiral to establish a direct relationship", Guaido said at a rally in Caracas on Saturday as he apparently sought to raise the spirits of his supporters after his attempt to seize power failed last week.

Guaido told an Italian newspaper he would "probably" accept a USA military intervention if the U.S. proposed it.

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"This Saturday, we will take to the streets for our National Assembly... for our courageous lawmakers who are giving everything they have and for an entire nation that remains mobilized to win its freedom", Guaido tweeted late Friday.

A Southern Command spokesman had said on Friday that a US Coast Guard vessel was conducting a "counter drug detection and monitoring mission" in "international waters" in the Caribbean Sea on May 9.

SOUTHCOM also said that it "stands ready" to act as soon as it is "invited by Guaido and the legitimate government of Venezuela".

"He was captured by the Central Intelligence Agency a year ago and was working as a traitor, mole and infiltrator", Maduro said of Cristopher Figuera, who has defected to the opposition.

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