The United States Department of the Treasury sanctioned Maduro’s son, Nicolas Maduro Guerra, as a result of his role in the leadership of “Venezuela’s illegitimate government”.
According to a press release on the US Treasury website, the sanctions stem from Maduro Guerra’s membership in the Constituent Assembly, a legislative body made up of hand-picked regime loyalists through a fraudulent election back in 2017. The press release also includes the following information on Maduro Guerra:
Maduro Guerra has also been involved in propaganda and censorship efforts, and has profited from Venezuelan mines along with Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores. Earlier this year, Maduro Guerra was devising a strategy to pressure the Venezuelan National Armed Forces to deny humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela by characterizing it as an attempt to undermine Venezuela’s democracy. He also worked to increase censorship of Venezuela’s telecommunications infrastructure, framing the censorship as necessary because of U.S. Government activities.
The sanctions freezes all of Maduro Guerra’s assets in the US, and prohibits all US persons from engaging in business with him.
Maduro Guerra–who is also known as “Nicolasito”, using the diminutive -ito–was previously sanctioned by the US Treasury in July 2017.
Juan Guaido reacted to the news of the sanctions against Maduro Guerra through his Twitter account, saying:
To those who support this regime, the message is very clear: the cost of providing company to the usurper [Maduro] grows each day for the country. Those who put up roadblocks to the change that we Venezuelans need must face the consequences.
OAS Talks Venezuelan Migration
The Organization of American States (OSA) continued to meet today in Medellin, Colombia, focusing much of its attention on the Venezuelan migration phenomenon.
Luis Almagro, the secretary general of the OAS, said during today’s meeting that countries in the region should work to share their respective migration records with one another to help create a more transparent account of Venezuelan migration.
Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Holmes Trujillo also spoke at today’s meeting, saying that he was “worried” about the scale of the migration. He said:
… on average, more than 63,000 people cross the Colombian border [from Veneuzela] every day, and 2,500 people stay in the country.
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