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Venezuela's President Threatens to Imprison Supreme Court Judges

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro gestures while he speaks during his weekly broadcast "Los Domingos con Maduro" (The Sundays with Maduro) in Caracas, Venezuela, July 23, 2017.

Venezuela's president has threatened to imprison new Supreme Court judges appointed by the opposition dominated National Assembly.

During a televised appearance Sunday, Nicolas Maduro said that the new high court magistrates sworn in Friday would be jailed and their assets and accounts would be frozen.

He also verbally attacked U.S. President Donald Trump and several Latin American leaders for their statements against Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution.

"The imperial right wing believes it can give orders to Venezuela," Maduro said, "The only ones who give orders here are the people. This time next week (on Sunday) Venezuelans will be voting for a Constituent Assembly."

Venezuela's opposition has announced a two-day national strike this week aimed at pressuring Maduro to cancel the controversial July 30 election for a the body that will be charged with rewriting the country's constitution.

"We are calling out the entire people, all groups in society, for a 48-hour strike" on Wednesday and Thursday, lawmaker Simon Calzadilla said.

Calzadilla said a protest march on Friday, following the strike, will demand that Maduro officially scrap the vote.