WASHINGTON, July 30 The U.S. State Department
said on Wednesday it was imposing travel restrictions on "a
number of Venezuelan government officials" who it said were
involved in human rights abuses.
"While we will not publicly identify these individuals
because of visa record confidentiality, our message is clear:
those who commit such abuses will not be welcome in the United
States," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.
She said Venezuelans protesting social, economic and
political conditions in recent months had been subjected to
arbitrary detentions, excessive force and judicial intimidation.
(Writing by Bill Trott Editing by Doina Chiacu)