The decision comes after Venezuelan opposition last week published documents showing Rio de Janeiro-based security company Condor Tecnologias Não-Letais agreed to sell 78,000 gas canisters to the Venezuelan military despite the deaths of dozens of protesters.
“There’s a ban on tear gas to Venezuela” because of the country’s political crisis, said a Brazilian government official on Saturday, who asked not to be identified because he’s not authorized to speak to the press.
Brazil’s Defense Ministry said Saturday that Condor’s gas “won’t be shipped,” without providing further details. The company, a longtime Venezuelan military supplier, didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment.
The ban is the latest sign of international isolation of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who’s battling an economic collapse, falling popularity and defections from the ruling party as protests against his rule approach 80th day. …