CARACAS – The Venezuelan Supreme Court (TSJ) said on Thursday that it will severely punish anyone who expresses any support for the embargo on Venezuelan state assets on US soil levied by the Donald Trump administration.
“The Venezuelan justice system will ... severely punish any attempt to support sectors who intend to limit the basic needs of our people,” the judicial branch said in a statement.
The judiciary added that the Venezuelan courts “will punish any attempt to undermine the ... sovereignty” of Venezuela and the country’s “supreme right to choose its destiny.”
In the statement, the high court magistrates rejected “categorically the policy of systematic aggression, embargo and the freezing of all (Venezuelan) assets” in the US.
The TSJ said that the Trump administration’s measure, which entered into force on Monday, is designed to “suppress Venezuelan democracy and convert our society and its institutions into appendages of the (Trump) government.”
“The Venezuelan people continue their libertarian crusade at the cost of sanctions and attacks that only weaken the quality of life of our heroic homeland, which is refusing to sell its dignity and kneel down before acts of barbarity,” the statement said.
The high court, which is a close supporter of the regime of Nicolas Maduro, remarked that it will not succumb “to the blackmail of those who intend to take power via means different from those set forth in our Constitution.”
In that regard, the TSJ urged Venezuela’s executive branch “to take the necessary actions to mitigate the impact on the most vulnerable sectors” and, exhorted the armed forces to “counteract imperialist aggression and remain alert to any threat.”
Maduro, whom several dozen countries, including the US, do not recognize at Venezuela’s legitimate president, warned on Wednesday that “traitors” supporting the US blockade will be severely punished.
“We’re going to activate a counteroffensive with the National Constituent Assembly, with all the government branches, and we’re going to see that justice is done. We’re going to bring justice to ... traitors to the homeland,” he said in a telephone interview with state-run VTV television.