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Venezuelan assembly declares itself omnipotent

10 August 2017

Slamming the United States for its attempt to disrupt Venezuela's economy with an "indirect blockade" targeting the country's financial system, Maduro said in the interview with RT that Venezuela is ready for "any scenario".

"This regime's disregard for the will of the Venezuelan people is unacceptable".

The Venezuelan government reacted by saying the USA was "making a fool of itself in front of the world".

In an earlier message on Twitter, Arreaza said that CELAC was a zone of peace where Latin American representatives respect the principles of worldwide law.

But he added: "The time has now come for the president to act on his promise to impose significant economic sanctions on the illegitimate Maduro dictatorship".

Foreign ministers from 17 Western Hemisphere nations are condemning Venezuela's new constitutional assembly, saying their governments will refuse to recognize the all-powerful body.

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The assembly has also fired the attorney general, Luisa Ortega, who broke ranks to become an outspoken critic of the president.

The July 30 election of the Constituent Assembly was marred by street violence, in which 10 people died, and charges of fraud brought by the UK-based company that supplied the polling technology.

The Trump administration imposed sanctions Thursday on eight more individuals in Venezuela, including the brother of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, in the latest USA bid to try to deter further democratic backsliding in the South American country.

Opposition leaders, meanwhile, vowed to remain in their posts in their only government foothold - the country's single-chamber congress - despite threats from the constitutional assembly to strip them of any authority and lock up key leaders.

Freddy Guevara told lawmakers at the opposition-controlled National Assembly Monday that the attack is "a path that worries us all".

The U.S. Treasury Department slapped sanctions against 13 Venezuelan government officials.

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The U.N. human rights office says it has unearthed "widespread and systematic use" of excessive force, arbitrary detention and other rights violations against demonstrators and detainees in Venezuela.

One prominent leader, Leopoldo Lopez, was returned to house arrest after being hauled off to military prison four days ago.

The Trump administration warned last month that it would take "strong and swift economic actions" against Maduro if he went ahead with plans to seat the constitutional assembly.

The ultimate goal of that blockade is to trigger a default of Venezuela's economy, Maduro argued, adding that the U.S. attempted to do the same thing in 2015 and 2016, with no success.

It can count on the support of Russian Federation and China - which have granted tens of billions of dollars in loans to Venezuela. A further five nations participated in the meeting but didn't sign the document.

"China is looking to protect long-term access to Venezuela's oil reserves, small countries in the Caribbean and Central America are hedging their bets and avoiding the messiness of confrontation".

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Venezuelan assembly declares itself omnipotent