The pressure is on the Maduro regime as the United States has just added sanctions against Venezuela’s oil sector.
The demands for Nicolas Maduro to step down from office have only intensified since the United States and other countries backed the decision for Juan Guaidó to assume the constitutional role as Venezuela’s interim President.
Following the announcement made by President Trump concerning the oil sanctions, Florida Congressman Mario Diaz Balart released a statement praising the United States’ efforts, saying that “Maduro and his cronies have plundered state resources that belong to the people, corrupting Venezuela’s governmental and financial institutions.”
Diaz Balart blasted the Maduro regime for “reported ruthless media censorship, assaults on Venezuela’s democratic institutions, arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings, and torture.”
He championed the sanctions, saying that they will “cripple the state-owned oil sector, preventing the regime from funding global terrorism, narcotrafficking, and repression against its own people. The Chavez-Maduro regime has exploited and illegally stolen the oil-rich country’s resources for far too long, and the sanctions will also protect it from further plunder.”
He concluded, thanking “the Trump Administration once again for today’s bold leadership in standing with the people of Venezuela and opposing their oppressors of the Maduro regime. Time is running out for the Chavez-Maduro regime, and those responsible for these crimes will be held accountable. Those in the military should not turn their weapons against their own countrymen who are simply demanding freedom and real elections.”
Finally, praising Juan Guaidó, Diaz Balart called on “others in the international community to stand with him and stand with democracy for the people of Venezuela” because “hopefully, the Chavez-Maduro nightmare is nearing its end.”
He also asserted that he “will continue to work with… colleagues and the administration to promote a free, prosperous future for the people of Venezuela.”