- Title: EU condemns Venezuela election violence, may not recognise results
- Date: 31st July 2017
- Summary: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (JULY 28, 2017) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF EUROPEAN COMMISSION BUILDING EUROPEAN FLAGS EUROPEAN COMMISSION ENTRANCE SEEN
- Embargoed: 14th August 2017 12:12
- Keywords: Venezuela EU elections violence democracy freedom of speech
- Location: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- City: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0016S1SI87
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: PART AUDIO AS INCOMING
The European Union on Monday (July 31) condemned what it said was excessive use of force by state troops in Venezuela and said it was unlikely to recognise results of the elections on Sunday that were marred by deadly clashes.
Sunday marked one of the deadliest days since massive protests started in early April in Venezuela and voters broadly boycotted an election for a constitutional super-body sought by the unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro.
The bloc's executive European Commission said it had "grave doubts" about whether to recognise the result.
It did not explicitly mention whether the EU was considering imposing more sanctions on Venezuela, as mulled by the United States.
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