Venezuela: Hunt for 'mercenaries' in rebellion against Maduro

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The meeting came just days after the inauguration of a government-backed Constituent Assembly was widely panned among much of the global community.

The pronouncement was signed by envoys from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.

"What we have in Venezuela is a dictatorship", Peruvian Foreign Affairs Minister Ricardo Luna told a press conference, flanked by his counterparts from the region.

As Venezuela descends into political chaos, a prominent opposition leader is taking umbrage over soccer great Diego Maradona's defense of President Nicolas Maduro's embattled government.

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

The Declaration also condemns the "systematic violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms, violence, repression and political persecution, the existence of political prisoners and the lack of free elections under independent worldwide observation".

Foreign ministers of 12 nations in the Americas met in Lima, Peru, on Tuesday to discuss the "critical situation in Venezuela" and to explore ways to achieve a "peaceful and negotiated" outcome.

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza (C), former Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca (centre, L) and Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez (centre, R) attend ALBA-TCP alliance meeting in Caracas, August 8, 2017.

Coinciding with these developments, the UN Human Rights Office [official website] issued a short report [press release] condemning the Venezuelan government's use of force to stifle opposition to the government.

Venezuela's pro-government supreme court has ordered the removal and imprisonment of a Caracas area mayor at the center of protests against President Nicolas Maduro. In a vote on July 30, Venezuelans were asked to choose delegates for a constituent assembly from a list of allies of the governing party.

The British leftist leader has even congratulated the dictator of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, for the National Constituent Assembly, an official initiative that has been carried with the aim of invalidating the nation's opposition-controlled National Assembly, and doing away with democratic institutions, further cementing Maduro's absolute power.

Major Latin American nations have rejected the legitimacy of the Constituent Assembly, and South American nations have indefinitely suspended Venezuela from the Mercosur trading bloc for breaking "democratic order". Now, the commission will operate under the aegis of the new constitutional assembly with its untrammeled powers.

The court has sentenced Ramon Muchacho to 15 months in prison for not following an order to remove barricades set up by anti-government protesters in the Chacao district of eastern Caracas.

The judges convicted another mayor on Tuesday for failing to move against protesters during four months of political unrest.


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