The criminal and drug trafficking regime of Nicolás Maduro continues to attack the members of the diplomatic corps of the legitimate government of Venezuela, headed by President Guaidó, whose ambassadors were duly accredited by the only democratically elected power in the country, the National Assembly.
In this opportunity, they attacked relatives of the Venezuelan Ambassador in Chile, Carlos Millán. They raided his residence in Valencia, State of Carabobo, and took his grandmother, who was later released, after getting her to declare. In addition, they raided the property of the Ambassador in Bolivia, José Cumare, in Puerto Cabello in the same State, and harassed his relatives.
“The search of the house of our ambassadors Carlos Millán and José Cumare and the attempt to intimidate their families, is part of the escalation of the intimidation of the tyranny against those of us who are part of the diplomatic missions of the government in charge of Venezuela and who represent the genuine interests of the Venezuelan people. It is enough to remember the most recent attacks against other of our ambassadors” said Ambassador Claudio Sandoval.
The political persecution by the regime is a manifestation of the systematic and deliberate violation of human rights against the democratic forces of Venezuela, in which also stands out the kidnapping and forced disappearance for more than 48 hours of journalist Roland Carreño, who was later presented in a court that charged him with the alleged commission of the crimes of financing terrorism, conspiracy against political form; and illicit trafficking of weapons of war. All provided for in Venezuelan criminal legislation, issuing a warrant for his arrest.
In this regard, the ambassador stated that: “the case of Roland Carreño is another act of ignominy and forged evidences, which violates his fundamental rights without any procedural guarantees, in order to try to intimidate all of us who are working against the dictatorship to achieve freedom and restore constitutional order.”
“Here no one should be surprised by the arbitrary actions of Nicolas Maduro’s regime against good, innocent Venezuelans. No one is exempt from being a victim of hunger, of persecution and imprisonment, or murder by repressive bodies of the State for the only “crime” of being Venezuelan and wanting to live in freedom and to have a better country with opportunities for all. But they are wrong, most Venezuelans are aware of the risks, but we also have the firm desire and conviction to be free. To eat tortilla you have to be willing to break eggs,” said the diplomat.
According to unofficial figures registered by civil society and the National Assembly itself, there are currently more than 359 political prisoners.
“I reiterate my call to the international community, to the multilateral organizations, to the world leaders, not to wait any longer and move from declaratory and propositional demonstrations, to forceful actions that must include very severe individual sanctions against those directly responsible for the greatest humanitarian crisis that our continent has had in its memory. The international community must do everything possible to alleviate the negative impact caused by Maduro’s narco-regime, which unfortunately represents the greatest threat to Latin American democracies and the stability of the region,” said Ambassador Sandoval.
The ambassador expressed his solidarity with his colleagues and with all the political prisoners, for whom he asked for their freedom and the cessation of harassment.