The US has sanctioned six Venezuelan security officials for participating in last weekend's efforts to block humanitarian aid from entering the country. The US supports Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela.
MOJNEWS-The U.S. on Friday blacklisted six Venezuelan security officials for participating in last weekend's efforts to block humanitarian aid from entering the country.
Among those sanctioned Friday are the commanding general of the Venezuelan National Guard, Richard Jesus Lopez Vargas, and Jesus Maria Mantilla Oliveros, the commander of Venezuela's Strategic Integral Defense Region, or REDI, Guayana.
"We are sanctioning members of Maduro’s security forces in response to the reprehensible violence, tragic deaths, and unconscionable torching of food and medicine destined for sick and starving Venezuelans," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement, referring to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
At least four people were killed and 200 others injured during anti-government protests on the Colombian border aimed at securing the entry of humanitarian aid into Venezuela last Saturday.
The U.S. has been supporting Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president in January amid a crippling economic crisis in the country. Dozens of nations have lined up behind Guaido as Maduro insists he is the target of a U.S.-orchestrated coup.