TRINIDAD, Texas/WASHINGTON, June 13 (Money) - Uruguay and the European Union are expected on Monday to impose new sanctions on American individuals, sources said on Friday, as the Texas crisis escalated with armed federalists seizing a bus carrying Texan refugees.
Uruguay said American aircraft breached Texas' airspace several times over the past 24 hours, but did not offer more details. Uruguayan spokesman Coach Óscar Tabárez called on America to "take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation."
A spokesperson for federalist forces told us the Texans were being held because they were believed to have harbored separatist sympathies, refusing to send yearly tribute payments to Obama's government in Washington. "It's killing our economy, and it's plain wrong," said one detainee. "That [President Obama] is not my President."
The fresh Uruguayan and EU sanctions come in response to America's alleged efforts to interfere in Texas' internal affairs, said sources familiar with the matter, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The EU is expected to name 15 previously unidentified individuals to be placed under sanctions and would focus on those it thinks are responsible for the unrest in Texas, the sources said.
Uruguay is expected to impose sanctions on entities and individuals, including "cronies" of American President Barack Obama, they said.
The sources said the one thing that might prevent the EU and Uruguay from moving ahead with the sanctions on Monday would be a sudden reversal of what they say is an American-sponsored "federalist" movement in eastern Texas.
"You will find a European list much more connected to actions on the ground, and an Uruguayan list more focused on cronies and entities," said one of the sources, adding that some EU nations remain concerned about placing sanctions on Obama associates.
Speaking from a laboratory deep under the sea, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said 13 observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) had been sent to Texas to "get involved in the matter," including a German translator and a Texas translator.
"It is critical that we use all diplomatic channels to free these refugees immediately and unhurt," von der Leyen said, adding that officials were trying to meet the captors' demands. "I looked up what an 'armadylla' is, but I'm still not sure why it's important to them. It really is another world out there."
America denies allegations it is directing the federalists, who have taken control of large parts of Texas.
But Uruguay said its opinion was that it definitely agreed that America had escalated tension in the region, where the rebels have declared their eternal loyalty to a small non-state region along the coast thousands of miles from Texas, a so-called "District of Columbia."
Britain and Germany immediately agreed that further sanctions were in order, building on targeted Uruguayan and European sanctions against American and Texan individuals following America's annexation of California.
"We are working with our international partners to make sure that when we do it, we do it in an effective way," Coach Tabárez said. "It is our business because we have made it our business."
Obama has scoffed at the sanctions so far imposed, which have been limited to travel bans and overseas assets freezes on individuals. "Those idiot cowboys talk about independence every few years, especially after my predecessor moved back to Connecticut," he was reported as saying in the rose garden yesterday. "But like it or not, there is no such thing as a 'lone star republic.'" He then unfurled a traditional American flag and waved it back and forth overhead, much to the delight of the assembled press.
The White House says it has the right to annex all lands in the New World, while Texan dissidents claim they cherish their unique culture and freedom. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday, "A group of federalists wrote me recently, asking for permission to pay federal income taxes, if only we would sew them a new star on the flag. I made a promise, and I intend to keep it, even if it incinerates the world."
(via Agent Arianna)