As “painful” defined by the President (e) of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, that retired older adults have to go out to protest, in the midst of the growing pandemic in the country, to demand a fair and decent pension.
In the online forum “Encounter for Venezuela, experiences of transition and democracy in the world”, held this Thursday, Guaidó rejected and denounced that the elderly were beaten by the National Guard and paramilitary groups (in reference to the so-called Colectivos), when they demanded improvements in their pensions in the city of Caracas.
“It is painful to see that in a situation like this one we are going through with the pandemic, the elderly come out to protest the very poor income they get today, which is between 1.5 and 2 dollars a month. As we speak at this Forum, the retirees are being beaten by a contingent of the National Armed Forces, for demanding respect for their claims.”
Likewise, the re-elected President of the National Assembly said that “the demand of each Venezuelan must be the demand of all”.
The meeting was attended by José Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch’s Americas Division; Javier Urbina, retired general and former chief of staff of the Chilean Army; Sergio Bitar, Chilean politician; and Julio Borges, presidential commissioner for foreign relations of the interim government of Venezuela.
In his speech, Guaidó recalled that the FAN will have an important role in the transition and its participation is fundamental. He also said that from the Presidency in charge and the Parliament, actions have been developed to advance in the transition such as the approval of the “Law of Amnesty and Constitutional Guarantees for the military and civilians who collaborate or have collaborated with the restitution of the constitutional order”.
“There is no doubt about the dictatorial and corrupt nature of the regime. We in the interim government and the National Assembly are conducting two parallel processes. One is to generate the necessary guarantees, and the other is to make progress in the denunciations of corruption against the regime”.
$1,5 es la pensión de un venezolano que dedicó su vida al servicio de su país.
Por esto nuestros pensionados y jubilados hoy protestaron en la calle a pesar de la represión cobarde de la dictadura.
— Juan Guaidó (@jguaido) July 23, 2020