United States sanctions 8 more Venezuelan leaders tied to Maduro

Next time someone demands Corbyn condemn Venezuela, ask them what Theresa May has said about Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Treasury announced the sanctions were against those involved in organizing or supporting the country's new constituent assembly, which granted President Nicolas Maduro virtually unlimited powers.

On July 31, the United States levied sanctions against Maduro, freezing all of his assets subject to USA jurisdiction.

Washington clamped sanctions on Maduro himself last week following actions against 13 Venezuelan figures last month.

The raid ended with two of the attackers being killed and eight captured, Maduro said on state television.

Venezuela has the support of both China and Russian Federation, two countries traditionally opposed to worldwide sanctions that hold all-powerful vetos in the UN Security Council.

The opposition has been struggling to regain its footing since last week's seating of a loyalist special assembly to rewrite Venezuela's constitution. This week, the Constituent Assembly confirmed itself as the country's supreme political body, making clear the judiciary and legislative branches can't challenge its decisions.

Ramon Muchacho of the wealthy Chacao district of the capital Caracas appeared in a video shot from a clandestine location after the pro-government Supreme Court removed him from office and sentenced him to 15 months in prison on Tuesday.

Freddy Guevara, vice-president of the National Assembly, said Venezuela was on the precipice of a "hard dictatorship".

The Constituent Assembly's next, and perhaps most significant target, will be Venezuela's legislature, the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

These have been interpreted as a warning to foreign creditors not to extend further loans to the cash-strapped Chavista regime, which is battling the fallout from an economic collapse that has seen the economy shrink by more than a third since Mr Maduro came to power in 2013.

One of them is Adan Chavez Frias, older brother of the late Hugo Chavez and minister of Culture until his election to the Constituent Assembly.

In a joint declaration released on Tuesday, countries including Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Colombia condemned the "breakdown of democratic order" in Venezuela and said they would not recognize any action taken by its "illegitimate" new constituent assembly.

Authorities say a total of 20 men attacked the Paracamay barracks in central Venezuela early Sunday in hopes of sparking an uprising.

The Assembly also created a Truth Commission with plenipotentiary power to ensure justice to victims of violence during the wave of protests against the government that have left at least 120 dead since April.

On Tuesday, the United Nations joined the growing criticism of the government, saying Venezuela had used excessive force to crush anti-government protests.

The foreign ministers also requested the suspension of any arms transfers to Venezuela while the current situation continues there.

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