Nomura admits part in Goldman Venezuelan bond deal

Maduro's adversaries have for two months been blocking highways and setting up barricades in protests demanding he call early elections and address an increasingly severe economic crisis that has left millions struggling to get enough to eat.

Even at 31 cents on the dollar, Nomura is taking a risk buying the bonds.

"Goldman Sachs' financial lifeline to the regime will serve to strengthen the brutal repression unleashed against the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans peacefully protesting for political change in the country", said Borges. According to multiple media outlets, the deal included $2.8 billion in bonds - a purchase that, despite the reportedly steep discount the company offered, is a much-needed boon to an oil-rich government reeling partly from anemic oil prices worldwide.

"For all of those who always doubt him, for those who are shocked by political audacity, today we can say Nicolas was right to call the Constituent Assembly, which is to say, to call on the power of the people", said Elias Jaua, president of the Constituent Assembly. We made the investment in part because we believe it will.”.

"Here are the faces of the people who have led us to ruin", he added, as some women handed food, shoes and other supplies to the young men battling the security forces.

Goldman Sachs is continuing to be the focus of Venezuelan anger - at least for critics of the country's president.

Hausmann said JPMorgan should take out Venezuela's "hunger bonds" from its index and create an index that "would allow you to root for higher returns on your savings without wishing for human misery".

"We recognize that the situation is complex and evolving and that Venezuela is in crisis", the firm said in a statement.

US officials also said Venezuela's government may not be able to depend much longer on deals like the one with Goldman Sachs.

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Maduro has faced nearly two months of public protests while cutting imports of food and medicine to conserve cash and continue bond payments.

Venezuelan bonds rose Tuesday as investors bet that the government could reduce the chances of a near-term default by raising additional capital through private deals like the recent one with a unit of Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

During the conversation, Videgaray Caso discussed the situation in Venezuela, Mexico's trade relations with the United States and immigration, among other issues.

- Protests and more protests -On Wednesday some 5,000 protesters clashed with police when they tried to march to the foreign ministry headquarters in a demo aimed at coinciding with an Organization of American States meeting on Venezuela. Maduro says the protests are a violent effort to overthrow his government, and insists the country is victim of an "economic war" supported by Washington.

Goldman didn't comment on Borges' letter.

Maduro's government has denied a humanitarian crisis exists.

"Given the irregular nature of the transaction and the absurd financial terms", Borges said he would recommend that any future democratic government "not recognize or pay those bonds". "This good business deal of Goldman Sachs is at our expense", said Diana Carvallo, a 65-year-old artist who splits her time between NY and Caracas.

"The voice of moral authority imposed itself. they have been defeated", she said.


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