In view of the flagrant violation of civil and political law against the militancy and leadership of Voluntad Popular (VP) by the illegitimate TSJ, the National Assembly approved an agreement that recognizes Leopoldo López as the only legitimate authority of the VP and urges the High Commissioner of the United Nations Organization for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to ratify her rejection of the persecution against Venezuelan political organizations and to request protection measures for the benefit of its leadership and militancy.
During the Ordinary Session, the deputies belonging to the different parliamentary fractions of the Democratic Political Forces of the National Assembly expressed their solidarity with the legitimate leadership of Voluntad Popular, as a result of the unlawful ruling No. 077-2020 of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice that serves Nicolas Maduro’s regime.
Likewise, they ratified their commitment to rescue the constitutional thread and the need to constitute a national emergency government that will allow to put an end to the serious humanitarian emergency crisis in Venezuela and guarantee the freedom and democratic stability of all Venezuelans.
Active 2nd phase of “operation scorpion”
In the round of interventions, Deputy Angel Alvarez participated, who on behalf of the political organization Causa R, condemned the criminal actions of the regime that seek to politically disqualify the national leadership and the militants of Voluntad Popular, due to their unwavering firmness in the struggle to conquer the freedom of Venezuela.
In his speech, he mentioned the bribery and extortion scheme of the so-called “scorpion operation” sponsored by Nicolas Maduro’s regime, which invested more than 150 million euros to buy political leaders and opposition candidates to participate in the legislative elections and thus try to create a false opposition complicit with his electoral farce, the same which in advance will not be recognized by more than 60 democratic nations and international bodies.
“Venezuelans are witnesses of the execution of the second phase of the operation, which is a plot of bribes and extortion that are executed by the spurious TSJ, focusing its action on the confiscation of the political parties of the Venezuelan opposition,” warned Alvarez.
This same modus operandi, he recalled, was previously practiced by AD, PJ and now it’s VP’s turn, confiscating the initials of their party to be handed over to those “treacherous deputies who sold their consciences for large sums of money” and tried to storm parliament on Jan. 5, installing a board of directors at the service of the dictatorship.
They create an opposition at the service of the regime
Then, Acción Democrática’s deputy Larisa Gonzalez, also rejected the illegitimate ruling that intends to take away the “reins” of the organization Voluntad Popular and its legitimate directors to be handed over to an “ad hoc” board that responds to the interests of the dictatorship and recalled that for more than 20 years, the regime has been advancing deliberate actions to dismantle the institutions that support the democratic system in Venezuela.
For the parliamentary faction of AD, this new strategy of “judicializing” (indicting spruriously) the political parties of Venezuela, aims to build a “pseudo-opposition tailored to the needs of the regime” and in turn, these latest actions executed by the “Miraflores law firm”, seek to enrage new neo-dictators, without caring about the suffering of Venezuelans.
“Voluntad Popular will never be taken away at a stroke, not even by a judicial decision, since it resides in the popular sovereignty (…) The democratic will is represented by those brothers, friends, comrades from all political organizations and those Venezuelans who, without party militancy, also aspire to live in a better Venezuela,” said González
The road to a totalitarian regime
In the opinion of Freddy Guevara, MP for Voluntad Popular, these ‘outrages’ against the representative political parties, fundamental pillars of democracy, “show that they have taken a fundamental step towards a totalitarian regime”.
He assured that as a result of this attack against democracy, the organizations stop being part the formal structure of the Nation. For this reason, he suggested “turning this new attack against democracy into a force to accelerate the actions that will take them out of power.”
“Who knows, tomorrow, those who support the dictator may be victims of this because this is what happens in all totalitarian regimes from Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union: First they go against their ideological adversaries and then they go against themselves in internal purges that end up with even those who deemed themselves untouchable,” he said.
Guevara reiterated the warning expressed by his fellow deputies, who point out that the regime forms an opposition leadership to suit them, “because it knows that the democratic political forces will not lend themselves to its electoral farce and will always oppose it.”
He emphasized that the regime did not manage to divide or buy the opposition. Furthermore, he praised the firmness of Henry Ramos Allup, secretary general of AD; National Coordinator of PJ, Julio Borges and Leopoldo López, National Coordinator of VP and all their militancy.
Likewise, he vindicated the character, commitment and perseverance of struggle for the democratic cause of its activists César Pereira and Edmundo ‘Pipo’ Rada, who were assassinated by the dictatorship; the imprisoned deputies Gilber Caro, Renzo Prieto, Ismael León, Tony Geara and its founder Leopoldo López, who has been deprived of his freedom for almost seven years between prison, house arrest and his current stay as a “guest” at the Spanish Embassy in Caracas.
Inclusion in the UN Human Rights Report
Next, the parliamentary faction Un Nuevo Tiempo, represented by Deputy Nora Bracho, expressed its unconditional support to the legitimate authorities and “accompaniment” to its militants, activists and leaders of VP, whose political organization is characterized “by maintaining active and strong leaderships from its founder Leopoldo López to his fellow legislators deprived of liberty by the dictatorship.”
Bracho stressed that the NA supports the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, where she denounces the restrictions on political rights to participation, persecution and the criminalization of politics in Venezuela and hopes that in the next update of the document she will include the arbitrary expropriation of democratic political parties by the dictatorship.
For her part, Deyalitza Aray, representative for Proyecto Venezuela, denounced these unconstitutional judicial measures by the Supreme Court as an affront to the political rights of Venezuelans and reiterated the anti-democratic nature of the regime.
Aray asserted that the regime does not recognize these political and autonomous organizations because of their continued commitment to respect the Constitution, human rights and the struggle for democracy and freedom in Venezuela.
“They get an empty shell because a political party is not its acronym, but the essence of its militancy of those of us who believe in democratic values and principles,” she said.
Unity and Resistance
To conclude, Deputy Julio César Moreno, representing the Primero Justicia Party (PJ), said that the regime is trying to usurp the national leadership of the Democratic political forces, “as another step in the cowardly proscription that characterizes the dictatorship”. On the contrary, he assured that this decision will not have any effect, but rather “will strengthen in its militancy the values and principles of struggle and unity with all sectors of society to achieve victory over the dictatorship.”
He said that as a result of the current political and economic situation, the citizens must “resist in order to win, build and fight for that superior unity that will allow us to give the Venezuelan people that desire for change that they so long for, which is: the rescue of the Republic and the consolidation of the rule of law.”