Democracy as a fundamental human right today is opposed to other types of autocratic, tyrannical, monarchical and dictatorial systems of governments, that is why celebrating democracy is nothing more than reaffirming the commitment to fight for the well-being of the people, of the individual as the center of all public policies that should exist in any government.
This was stated by the president of the Mixed Commission in Defense of Venezuelan Sovereignty over the Essequibo Territory and its Atlantic Façade, Deputy Williams Dávila, on the occasion of celebrating tomorrow, September 15th, the International Day of Democracy, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations on November 8th, 2007.
This Tuesday, the Delegate Commission of the National Assembly held this debate in the ordinary session held remotely. There the parliamentarian asserted that one of the essential democratic elements is that the people participate by electing their leaders and their parliament.
In this sense, he indicated that in Venezuela no free presidential or parliamentary elections have been held in recent years since the presidential one held in 2018 was not recognized throughout the world and those held on December 6th, 2020 for electing the new National Assembly were not recognized as such either.
“One of the reasons why this supposed presidential election was not recognized is because there is no legitimacy in the convocation, the electoral authority at that time should have called those processes and they did not do so, they simply advanced the date. Regarding the parliamentary elections of December 6th, 2020, we saw how parties were intervened, confiscated their symbols and used the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) of the regime to intervene political organizations such as AD, Voluntad Popular, Primero Justicia among other political parties, and to disqualify candidates and prevent them from running.”
He assured that democracy has been imposed in the world before totalitarian regimes, however, he stressed that in America there are some countries where democracy is completely absent, an example of this “Venezuela for all the aforementioned reasons.”
Democracy is opportunity
The parliamentarian Joaquín Aguilar continued with the debate and said that democracy brought Venezuelans opportunity, and in his opinion, cataloged this last expression as a symbol of democracy for the country, because it allowed progress, achieving goals and making viable dreams come true.
“Democracy allowed many Venezuelans to advance in their lives, to come out of the bottom and emerge through public education and have a decent job. Democracy massed the opportunities to have a better life. With the democratization of education there was greater social mobility ”.
He accused the so-called ’21st century socialism’ of robbing citizens of the value of education, work and having a decent life, “but what they will never be able to do is with the certainty that each Venezuelan wants to live in democracy and continue fighting for it.”
What Venezuelans want is democracy
To conclude, spoke the First Vice President of the National Assembly, Deputy Juan Pablo Guanipa, and he clarified that Venezuelans at this time do not have a democracy but are willing to fight in any space to rescue it.
“In Venezuela, in Mexico and wherever, we are ready in all spaces to defend democracy and the freedom of our nation.”
According to Latinobarómetro, Venezuela is one of the countries that leads the support for democracy in the region with 78%, however, according to the democracy index of The Economist, the nation occupies one of the last places, 134 out of 167 countries studied in democratic realization, Mr. Guanipa reported.
He also indicated that the referred index classified the regime as authoritarian, for this reason, the deputy warned, “the world cannot make a mistake with Venezuela, above ideologies what we Venezuelans want is democracy.”
He said that the citizen becomes enraged when he observes and listens to the dictator Nicolás Maduro and his accomplices: Diosdado Cabello; Jorge Rodríguez; and Vladimir Padrino López; among others, proclaim themselves as democrats in their speeches and in practice they cowardly curtail democracy, because they know that in free elections with conditions they have no chance of obtaining victory.