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Freddy Bernal Rosales, Venezuela’s minister for urban agriculture, one 10 Venezuelans blacklisted for corruption, undermining state vote

Minister of Urban Agriculture, appointed on June 7, 2017, by Nicolás Maduro, replacing Erika Farías.

By Kirk Semple
New York Times
Nov. 9, 2017


CARACAS, Venezuela — The Trump administration on Thursday imposed sanctions against 10 more Venezuelan officials, including members of the country’s election commission and several government ministers, accusing them of undermining democracy through their use of corruption and censorship in support of President Nicolás Maduro’s tightening grip on power.

“As the Venezuelan government continues to disregard the will of its people, our message remains clear: the United States will not stand aside while the Maduro regime continues to destroy democratic order and prosperity in Venezuela,” Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement.

“We will maintain our vigorous efforts to sanction Venezuelan government officials who are complicit in Maduro’s attempts to undermine democracy, violate human rights, inhibit the freedom of expression or peaceful assembly, or engage in public corruption, unless they break from Maduro’s dictatorial regime,” Mr. Mnuchin added.

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