Miami-Dade urges sanctions against Venezuelan officials
Written by Miami Today on May 2, 2017
Miami-Dade County commissioners on Tuesday urged President Donald Trump, Congress and applicable federal agencies to impose sanctions against on officials of Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuelan government as well as governments of other countries that the president determines are responsible for serious human rights abuses, money laundering, drug smuggling and other illicit activities.
Several residents thanked commissioners for their support.
Jose “Pepe” Diaz sponsored the measure. Rebeca Sosa co-sponsored.
Speaking with the help of an interpreter, Dena Deposition gave his thanks to Mr. Diaz. As a Venezuelan and a lawyer for political prisoners there, he said he also suffered persecution. “Definitely in Venezuela, civil rights are constantly violated.”
Mr. Diaz said it’s an honor to bring something forward that means so much to so many people. His district includes Doral, home to the largest concentration of Venezuelans in the US.
“We’re united in this cause,” Mr. Diaz said. “This is something that’s humane in every aspect.”