Venezuela crisis worsening, wants to prevent new Syria

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Thursday authorities confiscated his passport and prevented him from travelling to NY to discuss his country's deadly political crisis with United Nations officials.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has likened the harassment of government officials and their families outside of Venezuela to the treatment of Jews under the Nazis.

"This isn't getting better, it's getting worse, and what we are trying to say is the global community needs to say "respect the human rights of your people" or this is going to go in the direction we've seen so many others go", US Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters following Security Council talks.

Social media has for weeks buzzed with videos of Venezuelan emigrees in countries ranging from Australia to the United States shouting insults at public officials and in some cases family members in public places.

It warned that Venezuela's crisis was worsening and could escalate into a civil conflict like that of Syria.

A ruling issued in late March that stripped Venezuela's congress of its last powers was later reversed amid a storm of worldwide criticism.

The Treasury Department on Thursday froze USA assets of eight members of Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice and barred American citizens from engaging in any financial transactions with them.

"When you look at the oil reserves that they have, when you look at the potential wealth that Venezuela has, you sort of have to wonder why is that happening, how is that possible?" said Trump. In February, the United States blacklisted Venezuela n Vice President Tareck El Aissami for alleged links to drug trafficking.

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Venezuela's Supreme Court has always been packed with government loyalists, some of dubious legal qualifications.

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in the South American nation of 30 million in protest against the Maduro's government, demanding elections, freedom for jailed activists, foreign aid and autonomy for the opposition-led legislature.

"What they want is for me not to go to the United Nations".

Other opposition leaders have also said that they've had their passports revoked by the government.

She said in a statement ahead of the closed-door meeting that "peaceful protesters have been injured, arrested and even killed by their own government" and the country is "on the verge of humanitarian crisis".

OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro has been pushing for Caracas to be suspended from the hemispheric body if it did not swiftly hold general elections amid the economic crisis, and the Spanish-speaking nation threatened to withdraw its membership in the organization after the Washington-based OAS last week floated the idea of the foreign ministers' meeting, now likely to be held on May 21 or 22, according Peru's foreign minister Ricardo Luna.

"It is unspeakable for a couple of dictators, a couple of messianic populist leaders, to destroy a great nation, a great economy, in such a short time", said Fox, referring to Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro.

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