After a week in hiding, the deputy of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Pablo Guanipa, asked to keep hope in a democratic way out of the crisis in his country.
In relation to the protests in South America, he indicated that “there may be some influence of Cuba, of Venezuela’s dictatorship, in what happens in some Latin American countries, but to think that everything is due to Maduro’s actions, I think that it’s not exact”.
He also stressed that “Maduro has lost a lot of strength within Venezuela and continentally. I think that the processes being lived in countries like Ecuador, Peru, Chile, are processes that have to call us to reflect”, said Guanipa.
Regarding withdrawing of his parliamentary immunity by the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) and the illegitimate Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) on October 22, the deputy of the AN said that “when these things happen, when a dictatorship goes against the freedom of political leaders, of deputies, we have different options: one of them may be to request political asylum, another may be exile, another may be hiding.”
“We have considered in this first stage to assume hiding to try to do some things, to have room for maneuver within Venezuela”, he added
In his opinion, “the important thing at this moment is to give a message of hope” both for Venezuelans who remain in the country, such as those who have gone abroad and “for the friends of Venezuela.”
“We have every chance of getting out of this situation, but we have to fill ourselves with hope. Hope is love, it is faith, it is the conviction that things can be achieved”, Guanipa argued.
“We can never surrender, we can never give up, we have to fight until we win and Venezuela will win”, said Guanipa, at the same time, who said that “when a country loses its democracy, the alarms in the world must awaken” .