Latin America closes ranks after Trump threatens to use military in Venezuela

A woman walks past graffiti in Caracas

A woman walks past graffiti in Caracas

"In light of the political climate and recent events in Venezuela. we want to ensure that Credit Suisse does not provide the means for anyone to violate the human rights of the Venezuelan people", reads the memo, which was seen by Reuters.

More than 120 people have died in protest-linked incidents since April. The effort ultimately foundered as Maduro hardened his stance against opposition critics.

"All foreign or domestic threats to resort to force undermine the goal of reinstating democratic governance in Venezuela, as well as the principles enshrined in the United Nations charter", said Peru's Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna.

The global community has recently condemned Maduro's moves to consolidate power. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying.

If that wasn't enough, Maduro loyalists (a number of whom have recently been sanctioned by the Trump administration) have formed a new legislative body within the government that has taken for itself the power to rewrite the constitution.

"We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary", Trump told reporters.

"There is an extremist elite governing the United States and honestly I don't know what's happening, what is going to happen in the world", Padrino said.

Trump said the crisis in Venezuela was one of the topics discussed during talks Friday in New Jersey with his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. There is also concern that Maduro could use Trump's heated rhetoric to broaden a crackdown on the opposition, accusing it of acting as a virtual fifth column to sabotage his rule.

South American trading bloc Mercosur has spoken against Mr. Trump's latest comments on the Venezuela situation.

Venezuelan officials said Caguaripano, who was discharged from the army in 2O14, had commanded around 20 uniformed men in the attack.

Venezuela's newly installed constitutional assembly has made a decision to push up gubernatorial elections by two months to October, though many in the opposition see it as a false promise unlikely to ever materialize.

The White House said Trump would only agree to speak with Maduro "as soon as democracy is restored in that country", after the Venezuelan leader requested a phone call with the American president.

All this served as the backdrop for the reconvening of the National Constituent Assembly on Wednesday, Aug 9, where the topic of discussion was one of paramount importance: the struggle to diversify, strengthen, and address the character of Venezuela's economy in the face of the economic war waged by the national and worldwide forces of austerity, neoliberalism and counter-revolution.

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