National Unity, in this dark hour of Republican life, addresses the country and the nations of the world to communicate the following:
1) We denounce the persecution, kidnapping and forced disappearance of political leaders, social activists and human rights defenders. This occurs within the framework of the deepening of the State terrorism policy and the cancellation of freedoms and democratic guarantees that underlie the illegal and illegitimate exercise of the powers usurped by the dictatorship headed by Nicolás Maduro.
2) Under this policy the Deputy of the legitimate National Assembly, Freddy Guevara, and the Director of ‘FundaRedes’, Javier Tarazona have been imprisoned illegally and arbitrarily; Interim President, Juan Guaido is harassed; and Emilio Graterón, Deputy Gilbert Caro and other political leaders and close collaborators of his government team are persecuted.
3) This repressive escalation, advanced with the excuse of the serious and regrettable events that occurred in the ‘Cota 905’ in Caracas, is a vile maneuver to hide the seriousness of a political and humanitarian crisis that overwhelms the regime, and of which they are the only ones responsible. They are its deepest cause and the main obstacle to its overcoming.
4) Notwithstanding the foregoing, the true purpose of this repressive raid is to frustrate the efforts made by Venezuelan democratic society, with the support of the international community, in order to achieve a constitutional, democratic, peaceful and electoral solution to the crisis, through a negotiation that leads to a National Salvation Agreement. When, under the facilitation of the Norwegian government, important steps had been taken in this direction Nicolás Maduro’s regime kicked the negotiating table before it was installed. It is not due to obtuseness of the regime or the work of chance that this repressive escalation is carried out in the presence of representatives of the Norwegian government and an European Union commission that is evaluating the possibility of participating as observers in the upcoming regional and municipal elections. It is a maneuver and a provocation.
5) For those of us who know the true nature and ilk of this dictatorship, it is easy to reveal the terror behind the deployment and display of its police and military force. The regime is afraid to consult the people so that they can sovereignly choose their destiny. It is afraid of truly free, fair and verifiable presidential and parliamentary elections. It is terrified of the indisputable fact that 80% of the population is unhappy and urgently demands a change in the direction and orientation of the nation’s course. That is why the regime flees forward, builds infamies that nobody believes, tries to sow terror and mounts provocations to get us off the chosen path.
6) We respond to this with more unity and perseverance. With firmness and serenity we ratify our decision to seek a constitutional, democratic, peaceful and electoral solution to the national tragedy caused by the dictatorship. We summon the people and explore all possibilities. We announce the continuity and deepening of the efforts to expand the support and backing, national and international, to the proposal of the National Salvation Agreement. To our commitment to promote, accompany and articulate social protest and legitimate popular demands. To our determination to resolve in unity the policy to be followed in the regional and municipal elections. In short, we ratify our commitment to continue fighting for the reestablishment of the validity of the Constitution, for the urgent overcoming of the serious humanitarian crisis that plunges our people into impoverishment and hunger, and for the imposition of human rights and democratic freedoms.
7) We urge the representatives of the regime not to continue fleeing from historical imperatives, to point their gaze towards what is happening in Cuba, to save the people new and greater sacrifices and to place the decision of their destiny in their hands.
8) We demand the cessation of repression and persecution, the immediate freedom of all civilian and military political prisoners and full and unconditional guarantees for the return of exiles.
9) Finally, we appreciate the support received from the international democratic community and we urge it to accompany our people in their suffering, to contribute substantially to overcoming the humanitarian crisis, and to persevere and deepen efforts to open paths to a political and negotiated solution to the national crisis.
Let the people decide!
Venezuela will be free!