“The whole meaning of our struggle, the defense of parliament, the achievement of free presidential and parliamentary elections, is based on the need for Venezuela to once again be a productive country. With opportunities every day, where we have a dignified life achieved with the fruit of our study, our work and our entrepreneurship,” This was stated by the first vice president of the National Assembly, Juan Pablo Guanipa in the ordinary session this Thursday, where it was debated the defense of parliament and the fight to achieve free presidential and parliamentary elections.
The parliamentarian said that as a nation all Venezuelans must take up this challenge that they have had to live through and that “every time we see the reaction of the dictator Nicolás Maduro and his accomplices, we have to come to the conclusion that we are doing what is Right.”
“We have done the right thing when we have tried all peaceful avenues to bring this tragedy to an end. We have done the right thing when we have gone to elections and when we have refused to participate in electoral farces, when we have taken to the streets and have protested forcefully in the exercise of our right to ‘pataleo’ (kick back in protest). When we have tried negotiation processes and the regime, rather than making amends, only seeks to buy time and continue to cause damage, when we have consulted citizens and they have responded with great determination, when we have gone to the international community and it has shown solidarity with Venezuelans and their aspiration for freedom, when we have denounced the flagrant violation of Human Rights and the disrespect for the rule of law.” he asserted.
Guanipa indicated that it has been clear and evident that in all these cases they have encountered a dictatorship that is only interested in remaining in power at any cost despite the hardships Venezuelans are suffering. “It has never shown a real willingness to resolve the tragedy that it has generated, and that is why it has been found uncovered and naked by Venezuelans and by the Western world.”
The leader from Primero Justicia also assured that the Venezuelan opposition has shown that “none of its attempts have managed to intimidate us. While the dictatorship attacks the majority of Venezuelans and promotes alleged investigations through institutions and unpresentable characters unknown to Venezuelans and the international community, we in this parliament must act with leaden feet (cautiously), overcome fear and show that Venezuelans have plenty of courage.”
“Before any doubt and in any circumstance, the opinion of Primero Justicia is that we have to show transparency, communication and responsibility. Let us open the door to any investigation carried out by legitimate officials and specialized non-governmental organizations in the matter. Let us carry out audits of the entire interim government to demonstrate in practice that we are different from Maduro’s regime and that any irregularity that can be verified will be sanctioned as established by the constitution and the law,” he said.
He stated that it is pertinent that “we show that we do not resemble, nor do we want to resemble, the most corrupt regime in the history of Venezuela and one of the most corrupt in the world. Let’s be the light in the middle of the darkness. Let’s be an example in the midst of so much vagrancy. Let us show with facts that Venezuela will be transformed with the values and virtues of the best countries in the world.”
Guanipa said that 2021 is a year to renew the commitment to the liberation of Venezuela and that it is a year in which they cannot yield in the fulfillment of the popular mandate imposed on December 12th.
“Both Venezuelans and different nations and institutions of the global village have rejected and ignored the farce of December 6th and therefore affirmed the legal and political justification for the constitutional continuity of the National Assembly. Let us continue in our national and international effort to free our country from Nicolás Maduro and his accomplices. Let us put at the center of all discussion the demand for free, fair and verifiable presidential and parliamentary elections,” he stated.