United Nations decries excessive force in Venezuela's crackdown on protests

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The UN rights office based in Switzerland lamented what it called "widespread and systematic use of excessive force and arbitrary detentions against demonstrators in Venezuela".

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza told representatives from nations including Cuba and Bolivia that long-standing USA aggressions against the South American nation have "entered a much stronger phase".

Some 130 people have been killed in protest-related clashes in Venezuela over the past four months.

Also on Tuesday, the country's Supreme Court sentenced a prominent opposition mayor in the middle of the night to 15 months in prison and stripped him of his right to hold political office.

"It should be clear: We arrived there to help President Nicolas Maduro, but also to create strong bases for the construction of Bolivarian and Chavista socialism", Diosdado Cabello, a leader of the ruling socialist party and member of the new assembly, told a crowd of supporters Monday.

Mr. Guterres' spokesman said United Nations is closely following events in the country and is convinced the crisis requires a political solution based on dialogue and compromise.

Maduro has remained firm in pressing the constitutional assembly forward in executing his priorities.

Luna said that it was important to address the "unprecedented regional crisis" in Venezuela collectively, but said some member's of the new group may take individual actions to go further.

Major Latin American nations have rejected the legitimacy of the Constituent Assembly, and South American nations have indefinitely suspended Venezuela from the Mercosur trading bloc for breaking "democratic order".

President Nicolás Maduro continued his efforts to shut down opposition to the government when the new constitutional assembly composed exclusively of pro-government delegates convened on Tuesday as well. Now, the commission will operate under the aegis of the new constitutional assembly with its untrammeled powers.

The cyber bullies hacked dozens of official websites managed by the Venezuelan government as an attempt to destabilize the Caracas regime.

The President also welcomed the ANC's decision to remove the sitting prosecutor general, Luisa Ortega Diaz, a vocal Maduro critic, and named former ombudsman Tarek William Saab as a temporary replacement.

Meanwhile, foreign ministers from 14 countries met in Peru in hopes of finding a regional response to Venezuela's political crisis.

Foreign ministers from 17 Western Hemisphere nations are condemning Venezuela's new constitutional assembly, saying their governments will refuse to recognize the all-powerful body.

Washington called the vote for a Constituent Assembly in late July a "sham" and several Latin American leaders have been critical and called for a referendum vote in Venezuela.

Despite a widespread popular uprising, that has been violently repressed by state security forces, causing more than 120 deaths, Corbyn appears to place ideological affinity with his socialist comrade Maduro over human rights considerations, even though virtually the entire global community has aligned to reject Maduro's power grab.

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