The Ambassador to Andorra, Carmen Alguindigue, rejected the violent events reported on Sunday in Petare, Caracas.
“The suffering that the inhabitants of Petare are experiencing is another example of a state incapable of guaranteeing peaceful coexistence to its citizens,” said Alguinigue.
She also said that Nicolás Maduro’s regime has given priority to a policy of perpetuating itself in power “through a generalized pattern of repression, persecution and widespread violence, leaving aside its role of guaranteeing human rights and therefore peace to Venezuelans.”
The ambassador explained that the armed confrontation between gangs is a clear demonstration that the dictatorship lacks legitimacy and, therefore, does not have the capacity to respond to a community by pacifying and reaffirming coexistence.
“The regime, in terms of security as part of the respect for human rights, instead of addressing the high levels of criminal violence, exacerbates it with institutional violence. In the face of criminal violence, it takes two positions: To be permissive out of convenience in order to gain allies or to apply reactive measures that fall mainly on the marginalized class,” the ambassador added.
Alguinigue insisted that in Venezuela there is no policy that addresses the causes of violence, “the regime only reacts selectively” when it is convenient and to maintain appearances.
“This symbolic use of the penal system, present in most penal systems but very pronounced in the case of Venezuela, is of high risk for the social fabric, where the swaying gallops among alarming figures of impunity, actions of ‘justice’ by the citizens themselves, corruption and hyperactivity in cases of persecution of the political ‘enemy’,” she said.
The delegate in Andorra confirmed that in all cases, the actions of the regime are not in line with the constitutional and legal order.
Alguinigue explained that Venezuela breaks records in rates of impunity and in prisoners without convictions. However, in spite of this, she assured that peace can be rebuilt.
“We have an enormous challenge ahead of us which demands a high commitment to peace. Just as violence has been built up for more than 20 years, we will also be able to build peace, respect and citizen coexistence,” she ended.