The National Assembly in its ordinary virtual session this Thursday approved an Agreement as a tribute to the enormous contribution to the democratic struggle of the deputy Hernan Claret Aleman Perez, who died on July 7th of this year, in the city of Bogota, Colombia, victim of the COVID-19.
In the text they manifest the will to join the mourning that overwhelms his family for the death of the deputy and raises prayers for the peace and comfort of the Lord Jesus in these moments of pain and for the eternal rest of the soul of the deputy.
The document also urges the continuation of the struggle and the raising of the flags of democracy, of freedom in his honor and all those who have dedicated their lives to Venezuela.
Hernán Alemán, fighter for the principles and freedom of Venezuela
The first item on the agenda of the ordinary session was the participation of Father Wilfredo Coronil, who was in charge of giving some words of encouragement on the death of the deputy from the state of Zulia, Hernán Alemán. Then, the deputy, Juan Carlos Velazco started the day’s speakers, who asked for a minute of silence in honor of the deputy.
Furthermore, he said that Alemán died outside his country because of this new dictatorship that oppresses Venezuelans, which is not very different from the previous ones, because in his opinion, their practices are the same, violation of human rights, torture to the point of death and persecutions that force them to leave their homeland.
“We cannot fight against God’s designs but his steps through this world have not been like the footprints that the sea erases when it kisses the sand, on the contrary we will always remember Hernán for his firm steps in defense of his convictions and his very particular way of being passionate and vehement, but he made himself loved, may God give us the strength to overcome this difficult moment”.
Desiree Barboza, representative of Voluntad Popular, expressed her condolences to the family and loved ones of Congressman Hernán Alemán on his death, while pointing out that the Congressman was a great fighter in Venezuelan politics, always faithful to his principles and beliefs, “fighting to achieve the political transformation of Venezuela and recover the democracy and freedom that this regime took from us.”
She informed that for years the congressman dedicated his life to the eastern politics of the Lake, in the state of Zulia and was the first democratically elected mayor of the municipality of Cabimas in 1989 and in 2000, he was reelected for two consecutive terms.
In 2010 he was elected to the National Assembly and in 2015 he was reelected. “Hernán Alemán fought hard against this regime that keeps Venezuelans in a complex humanitarian emergency and that led him to be a victim of this dictatorship.
She said that in 2019 the false National Constituent Assembly illegally and unconstitutionally lifted his parliamentary immunity and he was accused of treason, conspiracy, instigation of insurrection, civil rebellion, conspiracy to commit a crime, usurpation of functions, public instigation to disobey the law and continued hatred, which is why he went into exile in Colombia, she emphasized.
She said that Alemán the parliamentarian was a victim of the regime and its persecutions, for raising his voice against the oppressor who has undermined the rights of all Venezuelans.
“Hernán died in exile, far from his family, his loved ones and his beloved Cabimas municipality, just as millions of Venezuelans have left their country in search of opportunities or a better quality of life. From the National Parliament we reiterate our condolences to all the family and friends, at the same time, we express our commitment to continue fighting without rest until democracy and freedom return to the country,” she remarked.
On behalf of the 16 de Julio faction, parliamentarian Edwin Luzardo took the floor and said that Hernán Alemán held on until the end with much firmness and strength, for this reason he had to go into exile, for this in turn, he gained the respect of all, he said.
“For me, he was a brother, for the Fraternity, a companion in the struggle who at times coincided and at others we had differences, but we never lost (each other’s) respect and consideration.”
Luzardo considered that in the face of such a loss what remains is the commitment of what he aspired to, as it was to work with strength for the cessation of the usurpation and the freedom of Venezuelans. “May this serve our future actions, our commitment, the one we have all had in the fight for freedom, as it honors his memory.”
Alemán dedicated his life to public service with constancy
Deputy Ana Sala, said (…) each person has secured the day of his departure for the eternal journey. “Our friend Hernan Aleman had to leave for that trip, but not before leaving us the pleasant memory of his smile, kindness and constancy of work.”
He said that he left as a leader who dedicated his life to public service to help the people who needed it most in his community, who put aside the best of himself to contribute on the road to a better Venezuela. Therefore, he said that from the National Parliament they send their condolences to the Alemán family on the “death of the family patriarch, who leaves a family with values and who dedicated his life to politics, to Venezuela, a grateful consecration that makes it difficult to accept his departure, let faith, love and hope be our rock.”
Parliamentary Marianela Fernández, who spoke on behalf of the Political Faction Un Nuevo Tiempo, indicated that some may have disagreed with some of the actions of Congressman Hernán Alemán, but did not ignore his democratic spirit and his dedication to the struggles of the most vulnerable sectors of the population.
She stated that the democratic sectors of the country and of Zulia have lost one of their best men and his native Cabimas, the leader that everyone respects, admires and weeps for today.
“Let this painful occasion serve as a reminder and let it remain in our memory that Hernan died in exile, persecuted by this dictatorship, without family to accompany him in that difficult moment. This was undoubtedly the price he had to pay for having fought very hard against the dictatorial process established in the country, which is why the best tribute we can pay him is to continue the fight for the recovery of the Venezuela that has been kidnapped from us”.
A man with clear objectives in his fight for politics and freedom in Venezuela
To conclude, Deputy Julio Montoya said that talking about Hernan is like talking about a father, whose love for his children was infinite, and also to talk about a grandfather and a devoted sportsman who was looking for ways of reconciliation and social action through this area, he said.
“Four times mayor, regional deputy of Zulia and president of its regional parliament, twice councillor, twice member of the NA. A man with clear objectives, his politics and in his fight for freedom in Venezuela”.
Montoya agreed with most of the deputies who spoke when he said that perhaps he did not agree with all the ideas put forward by Alemán, but he admitted that they were defended with courage and head-on thinking only of Venezuela.
He assured that he will miss the long conversations that took place during the last days in Colombia, which welcomed him in such difficult moments, “… in that nation that saw him die alone because of a dictatorship that had been persecuting him for years. Today I want to honor Hernán Alemán and I am sure that when the history of these times of struggle is recollected, Venezuela will have his name as one of our martyrs who gave his life for this struggle, as one of the persecuted, as one of those who thought about the freedom of Venezuela.”
The point was closed with the placement of an audiovisual presentation summarizing part of the political career of Congressman Hernán Alemán and the Venezuelan National Anthem.