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Venezuela slams US travel restrictions as ‘political terrorism’

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a rally against imperialism at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela. PHOTO: REUTERS

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks throughout a rally in opposition to imperialism at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela. PHOTO: REUTERS

CARACAS: Venezuela on Monday accused US President Donald Trump of conducting “political terrorism” by means of journey restrictions on eight international locations together with the socialist-run South American nation, which is already at loggerheads with Washington.

Trump on Sunday introduced the restrictions on residents from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad, increasing earlier journey bans that Trump says are essential to struggle terrorism however have been derided by critics and courts.

“It’s price stating that most of these lists are incompatible with worldwide regulation, and represent a type of psychological and political terrorism,” the International Ministry stated in a press release.

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“Our individuals are being sanctioned due to their pacifist nature in addition to their tolerance and respect for various religions and beliefs,” it added. The assertion stated Venezuela will “think about all mandatory measures to guard nationwide pursuits and sovereignty,” with out offering particulars on how it might reply.

The restrictions associated to Venezuela deal with officers who’ve been decided to have completed an insufficient job verifying whether or not residents pose nationwide safety or public security threats.

Washington this yr has issued a number of rounds of sanctions in opposition to Venezuelan officers, partly in response to the creation of a legislative superbody known as the Constituent Meeting that critics name the consolidation of a dictatorship.

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President Nicolas Maduro has known as these sanctions a monetary blockade in opposition to the nation, which is grappling with triple-digit inflation and persistent product shortages as its economic system unravels.

The textual content of the US journey restrictions launched on Sunday mentions officers at businesses together with the Inside Ministry, the investigative police referred to as CICPC, the Saime passport and identification workplace, in addition to the International Ministry.

Inside Minister Nestor Reverol already was sanctioned by the US Treasury Division in July, together with 12 different present or former officers accused of undermining democracy

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