Global P&I Circular For P&I Clubs – 280717

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Britannia, British Marine, Carina, Charterers P&I Club, China P&I Club, GARD, ITIC, Korea P&I Club, Navigators, Nordisk Defence Club (Through Sabatino Pizzolante), Lodestar Marine, North of England P&I Club, Raets Club, Shipowners P&I Club, Skuld, The Standard P&I Club, Steamship Mutual, The American Club,

The London P&I Club, West of England and Through Transport Club (TTC) Venezuela’s updated political developments

By way of update on our most recent Circular for P&I Clubs dated 24th April 2017 related to Venezuela’s current political developments, here are the most relevant issues to understand the current situation and so our
advice to Clubs and their Members. The protests which started in early of April have continued and grew to become increasingly more violent, with hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans protesting daily through these months to this date. The death toll from nearly four months of anti-government protests climbed to at least 113 on Friday according to figures by the Chief Prosecutor, as Venezuela’s opposition called on backers to defy a protest ban ahead of a vote to launch a rewrite of the Constitution. President Maduro has ordered the creation of a new body, known as a constituent assembly, which would rule above all other government branches for a period of time in which it would also rewrite the Constitution. The opposition describes the vote as a power grab that would lay the groundwork for a dictatorship.

This week Venezuela’s opposition has called on citizens to join a civic strike for 48 hours, few days before the intended vote for the Constituent Assembly, while at the same time the United States announced sanctions on a new list of 13 senior Venezuelan officials threatening with stronger and swift economic actions if President Nicolas Maduro proceeds with plans. In addition the State Department on Thursday ordered family members of American government employees working at the United States

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