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Campaigners demand end to government's ‘shenanigans’ with Venezuelan gold

VENEZUELAN rights campaigners have demanded justice and an end to Westminster “shenanigans” over sequestering of the country’s gold.

The Supreme Court is considering a case against the Court of Appeal’s recent overturning of an earlier judgement endorsing the British government’s recognition of failed Venezuelan coup leader Juan Guaido as “interim president” of the country. Mr Guaido gave himself the title during an attempt to oust elected President Nicholas Maduro.

The decision would have allowed the Bank of England to release 31 tons of Venezuelan gold from its vaults, worth more than $1bn (£730m), to Mr Guaido.

In a statement, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (VSC) said: “Release of the funds to the Maduro government would enable the purchase of much-needed supplies of food, medicines and medical supplies to combat the pandemic.

“Guaido on the other hand is increasingly tainted by involvement in corruption, association with drug traffickers, coup plots against the elected government and even plans to assassinate President Maduro.

“VSC demands that justice be done, bringing the UK’s government shenanigans with the Venezuelan gold to an end by immediately and unconditionally returning the gold to its rightful owners, Venezuela’s state and people.”

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