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Venezuela seeks to prosecute opposition for backing US sanctions

National Constitutional Assembly accuses opposition politicians of being "traitors"

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Venezuela seeks to prosecute opposition for backing US sanctions

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Members of Venezuela’s newly created National Constitutional Assembly have voted to prosecute opposition politicians who supported the latest US sanctions against the country.

Last week, Washington imposed financial penalties against Caracas in an effort to cut back funds for the already severely cash-strapped government.

During the nearly three hours of the debate, members accused opposition politicians of supporting the sanctions and brought out a communique issued by the opposition in which they
celebrate the sanctions of the government of U.S. President Donald Trump.


On Friday, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro accused his U.S. counterpart of waging what he described as an “economic war” to push the country into default.

Venezuela’s also begun nationwide armed forces exercises, calling on civilians to join reserve units to defend against a possible attack after President Trump warned that a “military option” was on
the table for the crisis-hit country.