CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela's Attorney General on Tuesday demanded that state leaders prohibit opposition leader and self-appointed interim President Juan Guaidó from leaving the country on the day after the United States. States imposed comprehensive sanctions on the state oil company Venezuela.
"We call for these preventive measures against Guaidó as we put together elements to stop the events that have broken the peace of the Republic since January 22," prosecutor Tarek Saab said in a press conference.
The opposition-led National Assembly, which he heads, responded with a statement that Guaidó dismissed this as "nothing new under the sun." He said he came from "a regime that gives Venezuelans no answers" and its "only answer" is persecution and oppression. Guaidó added, "The world is well aware of what is happening in Venezuela. , , , Let us not stop because of threats and persecution. We will continue our fight.
The Attorney General's demand came after the United States intensified its efforts to depose left-leaning president Nicolás Maduro on Monday by punishing the state-owned oil company PDVSA for control of the opposition The US Movement Deploys $ 7 billion in US assets and blocks more than $ 1
"Today's appointment of PdVSA will help prevent the further diversion of Venezuela's assets through Maduro and preserve these assets for the people of Venezuela," said Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin on Monday in a statement. The Ministry of Finance said the money would flow into a fund that would ultimately be accessible to a transitional government led by Guaidó.
On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Guaidó also gave control of certain accounts of the Venezuelan government to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
The revenue from oil sales to the United States and from Citgo, which imports heavy crude oil from Venezuela and refines it in the United States, is one of the major sources of revenue for the Maduro government. According to experts, these oil sanctions are the biggest blow ever faced by the populist Maduro, who came to power in 2013 following the death of leftist rifleman Hugo Chávez and named him his successor.
"Venezuelan heavy oil is not easy to place. These sanctions leave a tiny margin for the government, "said Henkel Garcia, head of the local consulting firm Econometrica. "This is not only a big blow for Maduro, but also for the Venezuelan people. In the short term, it will hit the population hard as food, medicines and even gasoline are lacking. "
The Venezuelan government is responsible for more than half of the country's food and drug imports. The country, which relies on much lower oil production in recent years, also depends on imports of raw materials to produce and distribute raw materials. Even the heavy crude oil processing in the country depends on imports of diluents and additives from the US.
Sanctions are carried out in Venezuela during a tense week. Protests overnight increase and are haunted with harsh repression. In a week, at least 35 people were killed and more than 800 imprisoned. More protest marches are planned this week.
Many Venezuelans are desperate for change as they face the crippling hyperinflation and lack of vital drugs In a supermarket in the center of Caracas on Tuesday, people were buying off nervous shopping. Predict that food would become scarcer after the sanctions.
Amaury Caraballo, 62, a businessman, said he was trying to buy more food during the week, but these prices are too high to accumulate. "I support the sanctions, because only then can the regime be put under pressure," he said. "Everyone in the country has difficulty finding food and medicines. I am definitely worried that the sanctions will harden the situation for us and I am preparing for it, but I think that will be a good thing in the long term.
In Washington, they are speculating about a possible US military Intervention grew on Monday after White House National Security Advisor John Bolton appeared at a press conference. He carried a yellow notepad with the handwritten words "5,000 soldiers to Colombia".
Bolton claims that all options remain on the table when it comes to Venezuela  Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday that he had not talked to Bolton about the possibility of sending 5,000 troops to the US western border of Venezuela. He declined to comment on whether he had talked to anyone in the government about the possible involvement of American troops in the crisis.
"We support, we monitor the situation very carefully and we are watching," Shanahan said. "We work a lot in real time."
Shanahan said that under Bolton's leadership, the National Security Council had created "a number of options" with regard to Venezuela.
"We support them in their political development and while the situation in Venezuela is evolving, we are here to give them advice and advice and support," he said.