The first vice-president of the National Assembly, Juan Pablo Guanipa, addressed the country on Thursday to ratify that despite the attempts of sabotage through aggressions by the regime and armed civilian groups, they will continue with the programmed activities in the streets and calls to Venezuelans, to commemorate such a historic day for the country as January 23rd.
“January 23 is a very important day in the history of Venezuela, this country that since it became a Republic in 1830, had only lived through civil war, dictatorship and military governments. On January 23rd it opened up to democracy and for 40 years we were able to develop a democratic approach, which allowed the country to take a leap into the future, both qualitatively and quantitatively, and to improve in a decisive way.”
The parliamentarian recalled that after that historic day for all Venezuelans, the Pacto de Punto Fijo was agreed upon. “From my perspective, the Punto Fijo Pact represents the most important governance agreement that has been made in the republican history of Venezuela, which allowed democracy to develop over time, but also after that Punto Fijo Pact, and the electoral process in which Romulo Betancourt was elected as president of the Republic, another important event happened when in 1961 we gave ourselves a Constitution over and above our differences, to the point that those who had not participated in the Punto Fijo pact, such as the Venezuelan Communist Party, also signed the 1961 Constitution.
He assured that it has to be a date to be remembered by all Venezuelan citizens, because that day has in itself the spirit of democracy and freedom that today has been lost in Venezuela.
“The best demonstration is what we have gone through today, when armed terrorist groups have prevented the realization of the activity where we had planned it, but in spite of that, we insist that the NA are its deputies and that we are accompanying the people in their struggle for the freedom of Venezuela.”
For his part, Guillermo Tell Aveledo, historian and dean of the school of political studies at the Universidad Metropolitana, said that “normally we would be meeting in the hemicycle of the NA, under normal conditions, but that is not the reality. Today we, the citizens, are fighting for democracy, whose heritage we possess. We have not allowed ourselves to be defeated or tempted by misleading offers, abuses or torture by this regime. You, the Venezuelans, are witnesses to that democracy. There is no democracy or Republic if its citizens do not fulfill the duty of love for the homeland, for its territory and for its wealth.