Venezuela top court imposes travel ban on Guaidó

Jan 30, 2019, 1:32 AM EST
Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó said he will continue to fight "humanitarian crisis."
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Venezuela’s tug of war between President Nicolas Maduro and the self-declared interim President Juan Guaidó heated up on Tuesday after the country’s Supreme Court imposed a travel ban and financial curbs on the opposition leader.

The move to investigate Guaidó for his supposed role in “serious crimes that threaten the constitutional order” comes a day after the U.S. put a squeeze on Maduro by announcing sweeping sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA, writes The Guardian.

The opposition is due to hold a series of anti-Maduro rallies in the capital, Caracas, on Wednesday. More than 40 people are reported to have been killed and hundreds others detained since the anti-government protests broke out on January 21, notes the BBC. U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton has warned Venezuela of “serious consequences” if Guaidó is harmed.