EU Condemns ‘Excessive Use of Force’ by Venezuela Against Protests Around Sunday Vote

BRUSSELS — The European Union on Monday condemned “the excessive and disproportionate use of force by security forces” in Venezuela, where authorities said 10 people had been killed in clashes between anti-Maduro protesters and law enforcement.

A man displaying the Venezuelan flag during clashes last week between soldiers and antigovernment demonstrators. Credit Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

Sunday marked one of the deadliest days since massive protests started in early April in Venezuela, where voters broadly boycotted an election for a constitutional super-body sought by the unpopular President Nicolas Maduro.

“Venezuela has democratically elected and legitimate institutions whose role is to work together and to find a negotiated solution to the current crisis. A Constituent Assembly, elected under doubtful and often violent circumstances cannot be part of the solution,” the bloc’s foreign policy service said in a statement.

It did not mention whether the EU was considering imposing more sanctions on Venezuela, as mulled by the United States.

(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska)

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