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Sires’ Statement on the Administration’s Decision to Sanction Individuals in Venezuela

Feb 13, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement regarding the Department of Treasury’s announcement to sanction Vice President Tareck El Aissami and his associate Samark Jose Lopez Bello under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act:

“These criminals have been trafficking drugs through Venezuela for years, making millions of dollars while the Venezuelan people suffer from food and medical shortages throughout the country. The Maduro regime continues to oppress the innocent Venezuelan people and prevent them from getting access to the basic necessities they require. The relentless crackdown on protests, shutdown of free media, and continued harassment and unlawful incarceration ofpolitical opposition members flies in the face of everything the U.S. stands for. Today’s announcement only further confirms reports that Maduro’s cronies are getting rich while the Venezuelan people continue to fight for their freedoms.”