Americas Will US sanctions offer Venezuela's Maduro a helping hand?

The US imposed visa bans on more than 20 Venezuelan officials, citing alleged human rights abuses. The timing of the sanctions could bolster President Maduro's anti-US credentials.

By , Correspondent

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The US State Department's travel ban on 24 high-ranking Venezuelan officials is supposed to send a message of zero tolerance for human rights abuses. But analysts warn that the sanctions, announced Wednesday, could ultimately strengthen the hand of President Nicolás Maduro’s government.