A call for a “great alliance” by Venezuela to achieve the second independence of the nation, made by the President (e) of Venezuela and the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, this July 5th on the 209th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
“I call for a great alliance for our country, an alliance without pettiness. The definitive fight for freedom must find us all together. Being together is key to this moment.”
This request was made during the celebration of the “Congress of National Unity,” in which members of Parliament, leaders of the main opposition political parties, and civil society inside and outside Venezuela participated. It should be noted that the event began with the reading of the Declaration of Independence signed in the city of Caracas on July 5th, 1811.
He recalled that today Venezuelans celebrate the first Independence, but at the same time we are working to achieve the second one and “we will not rest until we achieve it,” despite the persecution and harassment of the regime, among which he cited as an example the kidnapping of the Federal Legislative Palace, and the “abuse of the political parties”.
In his closing speech to the “Congress of National Unity”, Guaidó also asked all sectors “not to participate in the trap of December 6th” (referring to the elections called by the regime), but to fight to achieve electoral conditions that allow free, fair and verifiable elections where Venezuelans have the full right to decide.
“I call on all sectors not to participate in the false elections, to rebel today is a duty, not just a right. No one is going to give us anything. Rights are not begged for, but demanded and defended. I call on you (Venezuelans) not to be afraid, to be together, to be united and mobilized.
The also re-elected President of the National Assembly referred to the need to build bridges that, together with the street, internal and international pressure, are complements that need to be activated in order to achieve the so longed-for freedom and, consequently, a second independence in Venezuela.
Rebirth of the Republic
With the promise of “rebirthing the Republic,” Guaidó, in his capacity as interim President of Venezuela, asked the Venezuelans to make the formation of a National Emergency Government a flag of struggle to end the crisis in the country.
“The Fifth Republic died, and died at the hands of those who founded it. Your time is over, Maduro, you are defeated. The time of the dictatorship is over. We will bring the Republic back to life. We will not stop, not even for a moment”.
He also made a special recognition to those who gave their lives in the struggle for the freedom of Venezuela, to those who remain firm in the battle and to the political prisoners. He also thanked the countries that have accompanied the Venezuelans in their “just” struggle.
“We have been in the streets again and again exercising our majority. We have achieved an unprecedented international coalition. Today more than ever we work hard. The option is freedom.”