A former Venezuelan judge who says she was forced under threat to sign arrest warrants for President Nicolas Maduro’s political opponents is seeking refugee protection in Canada.
U.S. travel ban follows Canada’s freezing assets and prohibiting economic dealings for 40 top members of the Nicolas Maduro government.
The supporters of the dictatorship are not welcome in Canada, where they and their families enjoy the human rights they have denied Venezuelans.
A fifth opposition mayor in Venezuela was removed from his post and ordered under arrest in a continuing crackdown by the struggling nation’s government on President Nicolas Maduro’s adversaries.
Rolando Sandrea, founder of Ávila Arepa, had a life-long dream of opening a restaurant and after two recession-related layoffs he decided to pursue his passion.
Venezuela’s socialist government says a national election has given it a popular mandate to dramatically recast the country’s political system even as condemnations of the process have poured in from nations abroad and opponents at home.
Protesters gathered outside of the Venezuelan consulate Sunday in opposition against that President Nicolas Maduro and the country’s vote Sunday for a constitutional assembly, which would rewrite the country’s constitution.
President Nicolas Maduro has pressed ahead with the vote despite the threat of further U.S. sanctions and months of opposition protests in which around 120 people have been killed
Violence marred Venezuela’s controversial election on Sunday, marked by the deaths of at least seven people, as Venezuelans trickled to the polls to vote to elect a new assembly that would rewrite the country’s constitution and give the government virtually unlimited powers.
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