National Assembly deputy Olivia Lozano, vice-president of the Parliament’s Internal Policy Committee, said that ousting Maduro is a matter of life and death for the Venezuelan family, after the usurper extended the state of emergency for 30 more days.
“Extending the quarantine is not a health decision but a criminal policy and control by the dictatorship,” said MEP Olivia Lozano, noting that only two macabre options remain: “If we go out, we die of COVID-19 and if we stay at home in quarantine, we die of hunger.”
The president of the National Assembly’s Domestic Policy Commission points out that in Venezuela it has been more difficult than anywhere else in the world to survive in the pandemic, “we do not only have the virus, but also an infamous dictatorship that every day activates mechanisms that attempt against our lives, restricting our rights and freedoms: We have no water, no light, no gas, no gasoline. There is no food, no medicine, no masks, no alcohol, no hospitals, in short … the list is long.”
“Today I went out to the streets and I could see up close the desperation of the bikers (motorizados) who work every day in long queues to resupply gasoline, I also saw with pain and indignation entire family groups, adults and children, as well as old people, looking for something to eat in the garbage. That’s enough,” said the deputy.
She emphasizes the fundamental role played by women in this crisis: “women, who make up 52% of the population, must continue to move forward together, at the forefront of this cause to achieve change. It is fundamental to unite, to focus our strength on sustaining our family morale and to find ways to express the discontent of our entire country and to press for a solution. She pointed out that most Venezuelan women carry out an infinite number of tasks in their homes, in addition to having to organize the chaos generated by the usurpation, “after 60 days of early confinement, now that the virus has arrived (according to experts) there is no longer any savings or patience to survive, to resist … if we don’t work, the family doesn’t eat.”
Olivia Lozano closed her statement by insisting: “It is more than evident that Maduro has lost control, he no longer has the capacity to solve anything. And this decision comes without public policies to accompany it, without actions aimed at helping vulnerable groups, that seek to preserve production and employment, that guarantees families an income while they remain in confinement, is one more example of his chaos. Quarantine must be a life-saving measure, with contingency plans to guarantee it. Emergency Government and Unity now!”