Canada's new sanctions against Maduro


Canada on Monday announced new sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime, accused in particular of persecuting members of the team of opponent Juan Guaido, supported by Ottawa.

The new sanctions target 41 figures "responsible for the deterioration of the situation in Venezuela," officials Maduro government or regional governors, said the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland in a statement.

The sanctions consist of a freeze on their assets and a ban on trading with Canada, the statement said. They are in addition to measures already taken by Ottawa against 70 other Maduro officials.

"These measures are taken as a result of the undemocratic actions of the Maduro regime, including the repression and persecution of members of the interim government, censorship and the excessive use of force against civil society, which undermine the independence the judiciary and other democratic institutions, "says Freeland.

The head of Canadian diplomacy was scheduled to attend a meeting of the 14 countries of the "Lima Group" on Venezuela scheduled for Monday in Santiago to discuss the economic and political situation in that country.

Some 50 countries, including the United States and Canada, have recognized opponent Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela and demand the departure of socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on President Maduro to lift the border blockade to allow humanitarian aid to enter Venezuela during a brief visit to the city of Cucuta, Colombia.

At an emergency meeting in Ottawa on February 4, the Lima Group called on the international community to freeze the assets abroad of Nicolas Maduro's "dictatorial regime" and to hand the funds over to the opposition.

Justin Trudeau announced the same day a $ 53 million (35 million euros) aid to help the Venezuelan people and the refugees who fled the country.

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