U.S. Says Maduro Human Rights Violations Won't Go `Unpunished'

(Bloomberg) -- The White House says the “egregious violation of human rights” by Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro and those who are following his orders “will not go unpunished.”

The U.S. “strongly condemns the Venezuelan military’s use of force against unarmed civilians and innocent volunteers on Venezuela’s border with Brazil,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in an emailed statement. The U.S. “strongly urges the Venezuelan military to uphold its constitutional duty to protect the citizens of Venezuela” and allow humanitarian aid to enter the country.

“The world is watching,” the statement said.

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said earlier that a second tranche of U.S. humanitarian aid landed in Cucuta today at the request of Venezuela’s Juan Guaido.

“This aid must be allowed to enter” Venezuela, Pompeo tweeted.

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