The persecution of political leaders, a common pattern in dictatorial regimes, reveals to the international community the regime that destroys Venezuela and deserves the attention of democratic states, as was denounced on Tuesday by the Venezuelan Ambassador to Costa Rica, María Faria.
“The regime is annihilating any will to solve the crisis through an electoral, transparent and legitimate channel. What we are experiencing is the reaffirmation that in Venezuela there is a dictatorship that commits crimes against humanity, that disappears people, that persecutes, harasses, tortures and exacerbates political violence against the country’s democratic leaders,” declared Faria during her intervention in the virtual seminar “Full democracy with legitimate elections – No more fraud”.
For the Ambassador, what is happening in Venezuela is “extremely serious”. “There is a list of political leaders close to President Juan Guaidó who are being singled out for alledged crimes with false evidence. Maduro spokesman, dissociated from reality, speaks of destabilization plans when the destabilization in Venezuela has more than two decades and is called Hugo Chávez, Nicolás Maduro and socialism,” she reiterated.
With the repeated actions directed by the regime to exacerbate the humanitarian crisis, violate human rights and deepen the economic debacle, Amb. María Faria assured those attending the seminar that “in Venezuela there is an atrocious dictatorship that for more than two decades has corroded the democratic system and although during that time elections have been held, such processes did not translate into democracy or allow the full exercise of the electoral rights of citizens.”
The vote and democracy
In the virtual meeting, which was attended by former Costa Rican president, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, were raised the subjects: the principles of democracy as a political system, the role of free and fair electoral processes, and its impact on Latin American democracies.
Rodríguez recalled the 2015 parliamentary elections as a transcendental process for the recovery of democracy in Venezuela where, in her opinion, the articulation of all political factors and civil society that defended the vote was decisive. She ended her speech with the words of the Venezuelan Aristides Calvani: “Democracy must be established where there is none, it must be consolidated where it has already been established, and it must be perfected when it has already been consolidated.”