The President in Charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, requested in the “Freedom Marathon 2021”, held the morning of this September 15th, that world leaders make visible the fight for the defense of democracy in the streets and in every corner of the planet on the occasion of the International Day Democracy.
“Our job is to make visible the fight we are giving for democracy and for its defense. The objective of dictatorial regimes is to make the struggles invisible. They have access to ample resources and use them to make it appear, to make believe, that they are in control, that they are invincible, when the reality is different.”
The President of the Interim Government said that as a fundamental part of that arduous battle that is taking place for democracy, we must be organized, mobilized and exercise the majority in the streets. He also insisted that “action on the ground” is essential since the struggle cannot be limited to being simple “relators of tragedies.”
“The organization, mobilization and exercise of the majority are fundamental in the fight for democracy. The defense of democracy is not a single day, we have to strengthen it. Democracy is always at stake.”
At the opening of the ‘Freedom Marathon 2021’, President Guaidó participated alongside prominent pro-democracy leaders from around the world such as Vladimir Ashurkov, Executive Director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation in Russia; Veronica Tspkalo, Belarusian politician in exile; Ted Hui, a pro-democracy Hong Kong politician in exile; and Wai Waj Nu, a human rights activist from Myanmar/Burma.
Call things by their proper name
During the intervention in the second edition of the ‘Freedom Marathon 2021’, the President in Charge of Venezuela said that as part of this visibility strategy of the struggle for and in defense of democracy, it is necessary to call things by their proper names so as not to play games with dictatorships.
“Calling a dictator a dictator is important and necessary because that is how the world should know and understand it.”
He said that among the tools that the free world has to confront dictatorial regimes are sanctions, which although they are highly criticized, provide results, and as an example he cited the Venezuelan case, since they have forced Maduro to sit at a table of negotiation in Mexico where we seek, among other things, to achieve conditions to hold free and fair elections.
Mr. Guaidó recognized that sanctions are a “necessary and powerful tool”, but it is not enough. For this reason, he once again called on the international community to make feasible and accurate instruments such as the Inter-American Democratic Charter, the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), among others.
Finally, the Interim President thanked the invitation to the ‘Freedom Marathon 2021’ and called on the youth of the world to “make common cause” and join the fight for democracy from all spaces.