The Venezuelan Confederation of Industrialists -Conindustria- condemned the attempted parliamentary coup d’état carried out by Maduro’s dictatorship against the National Assembly.
In a statement, the business association said that “such a regretable situation places Venezuela in the eyes of the international community, as another example of a country in which the fundamental rights of citizens are publicly and flagrantly transgressed.”
“In this regard, we deplore these actions and express our solidarity with the legitimately elected National Assembly and its recently appointed Board of Directors, chaired by Deputy Juán Guaido Márquez,” they said.
The following is the full statement:
The Venezuelan Confederation of Industrialists -Conindustria-, in its capacity as a business association concerned with the well-being of the Venezuelan community, and in defense of the rights contemplated in the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, expresses its rejection of the events that took place on January 5th and 7th of this year, in which a violent attack was made against an institution legitimately elected by popular will: The National Assembly.
Such a lamentable situation places Venezuela in the eyes of the international community, as another example of a country in which the fundamental rights of citizens are publicly and flagrantly transgressed, where legally constituted institutions, such as the National Assembly are subject to violence and the most absolute disrespect, a situation that calls for the most profound reflection.
We, the Venezuelan industrialists, are participants in and advocates for a society in which organizations, institutions and the rule of law are respected. A society in which dissent is not punished.
We are also concerned about the disgraceful attitude of a small group of state security officials who have obstructed the entry of the majority of deputies. We also condemn the fact that a minority of deputies endorsed the coup that was attempted against the Venezuelan Parliament, and that furthermore attempted in a public and notorious manner, to usurp the functions of the directive of the NA and its members.
In this regard, we deplore these actions and express our solidarity with the legitimately elected National Assembly and its recently appointed Board of Directors, presided over by Deputy Juán Guaido Márquez, reiterating our firmest rejection of those who once again attempted to undermine the foundations of democracy and freedom that should be the mainstay of our country.
Without these conditions, it is impossible to attract investments that produce new industries and companies, generating decent employment sources and opportunities for all Venezuelans.