The US has imposed sanctions on 10 Venezuelan officials it accuses of undermining democracy, corruption and censoring the press, for a total of forty, including Nicolás Maduro.
The ten have had their US assets frozen and are also banned from travelling to the country, while American businesses are forbidden to work with them.
The treasury department also issued bans against several members of Venezuela’s all-powerful Constituent Assembly, including a vice-president.
In other news,
Ambassadors of European Union member states agreed on Wednesday to impose an arms embargo on Venezuela.
They also said there would be a ban on any equipment which could be used to repress opponents within Venezuela.
The sanctions come after a UN report released in August accused Venezuela of human rights violations and using excessive force against the opposition.
Caracas Chronicles calls it A Bad Day for the Dictatorship.
Not bad enough. They’re still in charge.
Russia rushes to #Venezuela's rescue for the 3rd time this year! Getting in bed with incompetent #Maduro in order to pursue their own foreign policy objectives. https://t.co/P46WwGrzLn
— Prof. Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) November 9, 2017