As “a crime against humanity”, defined the President (e) of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, the populism promoted by Chávez and Maduro in Venezuela and the region.
He made this statement during his intervention in the conversation Democracy vs. Populism, of the Ibero Summit of leaders for democracy and freedom, celebrated this Wednesday and where Cayetana Alvarez, representative of the Popular Party for Barcelona-Spain; Rocco Buttiglioni, former minister, representative and senator of Italy; and Rosa Maria Payá, president of Cuba Decide, also participated.
“It is a crime against humanity the populism promoted by Chávez and Maduro. In Venezuela it divided the social fabric. I also used oil to buy international support and leverage, and from it they derived the Alba, Petrocaribe, just to cite one example”.
Likewise, the reelected President of the National Assembly referred that Latin America has the challenge of strengthening its institutions, democracy and citizens, since in his opinion “democracy is always at stake”.
Regarding Venezuela, he ratified the fight for change and freedom, which necessarily passes through the celebration of free, fair and verifiable presidential and parliamentary elections. He said that this is the flag of struggle and that is why the rejection to the fraud of December 6th called on by the regime.
“We continue to fight and it is up to us to exercise the majority. The Venezuelan is seen as an enemy by the dictatorship. We learned the hard way that without democracy, one does not eat. Today 79.3% do not have a way to cover the basic basket. We have (economic) indicators of countries at war.
Guaidó also denounced that “Maduro wanted to end the National Assembly by dividing it, buying parliamentarians, but he did not succeed”.
He took the opportunity to thank once again the support of the international community.
Support and recognition
President (e) Juan Guaidó received a resounding support and recognition for the struggle for freedom that he leads together with the national Parliament and the Venezuelan people from the panelists that accompanied him in the conversation Democracy vs. Populism.
The first to express her support was Cayetana Álvarez, deputy of the Popular Party for Barcelona-Spain, who also asked the Spanish government to “ratify its public support for Guaidó.”
“What Venezuela needs is maximum diplomatic pressure. I ask Mr. Borrell not to become a second Zapatero, refrain from supporting fraud, press for free presidential elections”.
For his part, Rocco Buttiglioni, commented that Guaidó was an example of struggle and firmness, and therefore encouraged him not to give up.
“I express my sympathy and support for President Guaidó, don’t be afraid President, you are an example for all of us”.
Finally, Rosa María Payá, President of Cuba Decide, said that it was “an honor” to share the space with the President of the Interim Government of Venezuela.