The European Union may impose sanctions against Venezuela

© Flickr / European ParliamentЗдание the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Archival photoThe European Union may impose sanctions against Venezuela© Flickr / European Parliament

The head of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Julio Borges, said the possibility of imposing sanctions against Venezuelan officials from the European Parliament.

«The European Parliament will examine the possibility of imposing individual sanctions against those officials who engaged in repression or denial of democratic rights, such as judges», — quotes the portal of the Universal Declaration of Borges on Wednesday after a meeting in Brussels with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani.

According to the head of the opposition, Parliament of Venezuela, the European Parliament asks the Venezuelan government to stop violence in the country, to release political prisoners, to respect the Parliament to hold elections and to open a channel for humanitarian aid to the population.

Also, according to Borges, the European Parliament opposes the convening of a constituent Assembly in Venezuela in its current form at the initiative of President Nicolas Maduro. Borges noted that this is to amend the country’s Constitution of 1999.

The head of the Venezuelan Parliament also said that the European MPs are willing to work with the UN, the OAS and the Vatican to send a mission to Caracas to find a way out of the situation in the South American country.

In Venezuela since early April, are mass protests after the Supreme court’s decision to severely limit the power of opposition in the National Assembly. The decision was reversed, but opposition supporters took to the streets demanding the resignation of the members of the court, and hold early elections.

Now they are protesting against the convocation of the constituent Assembly, considering it an attempt to change the Constitution. The head of the NGO «Venezuelan penal forum» Alfredo Romero said that the death toll from the protests has reached 69 people.