MADRID, Aug. 17 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has accused his US counterpart Friday of “persecuting and blocking” the South American nation in the same way that Hitler did with the Jewish people.
“They are doing to us what the Nazis did to the peoples of Europe in the 1940s, what the Nazis did to the Jewish people. So I denounce it: Donald Trump does to Venezuela what Hitler did to the Jewish people: persecute him, finish him , block it, “said the US president to the Venezuelan state television network.
He has also insisted that “Venezuela has built reaction forces to deal with the blockade and imperialist aggression.” “Yes, imperialism aggravates us, criminally and brutally, every day, pursues our imports, our bank accounts, but whatever imperialism does, it could not and will not be able to with Venezuela, with the land of Bolivar or with us. Do what they do they won't be able to with Venezuela! “, he added.
Trump signed a decree early in August to block the ownership of the Venezuelan Government in the United States, according to an executive order. “All assets and interests in assets that are in the United States (…) or that are found or may be found in the future in the possession or control of any person in the United States are blocked and cannot be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn or otherwise treated, “according to that order.
The political crisis in Venezuela worsened on January 10, when Nicolás Maduro decided to start a second six-year term that does not recognize the opposition or much of the international community because they believe that the presidential elections of May 20, 2018 were a fraud.
In response, Guaidó proclaimed himself interim president on January 23 with the aim of ceasing “usurpation”, creating a transitional government and holding “free elections.” It has been recognized by the United States, numerous Latin American countries, as well as several Europeans, including Spain.
Meanwhile, more than 4 million Venezuelans have left the country in recent years because of the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The United Nations has warned that, if the trend continues, by the end of 2019 they could add more than 5 million. Likewise, 7 million need humanitarian assistance, which represents 25 percent of the population.