The party Voluntad Popular issued a statement Tuesday rejecting the ruling of the bogus Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) after suspending its current board of directors.
The political organization expressed that it is the dictatorship the one that closes the electoral route in Venezuela, reiterated by the most recent declaration of the Ministry of Defense, the imposition of a false CNE and the interventions of the parties.
The following is the full statement:
The most corrupt and violent dictatorship ever seen in the history of Venezuela, acting like the criminals and thieves that they are, has tried to steal the symbols of our party, and impose as false authorities former militants expelled for corruption in their eagerness to advance towards a totalitarian regime.
It has been a recurrent feature of the dictatorship to steal the will of the people.
It has done so systematically, through various electoral frauds and constant political persecutions against those who think differently, and today it has taken another step in that direction.
Since the first day of its existence, our party, founded by Leopoldo López, a prisoner of conscience as declared by Amnesty International, and by Juan Guaidó, Acting President of Venezuela, has been subjected to the most bloody and systematic political persecution:
⁃ Leopoldo López has been deprived of his freedom for almost seven years.
⁃ Four national coordinators (Carlos Vecchio, David Smolansky, Freddy Guevara and Juan Andrés Mejía) are in exile or asylum.
⁃ The immunity of our MPs has been withdrawn, currently four of them are deprived of their liberty (Ismael León, Tony Geara, Gilber Caro and Renzo Prieto) and Roberto Marrero, director of the presidential office and member of the national leadership, all have been physically and psychologically tortured.
⁃ Two thirds of our national leadership has been persecuted and six mayors have been removed from office.
⁃ It has raided the headquarters with armed corps such as paramilitaries several times.
⁃ It has persecuted and unjustly imprisoned dozens of party members.
⁃ It has forced many into exile and threatened their families remaining in Venezuela in a cowardly and heartless manner.
⁃ It has killed activists for thinking differently, like César Pereira and Edmundo ‘Pipo’ Rada.
For all this, our party has a precautionary measure sanctioned by the IACHR and the repression suffered was denounced in the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michel Bachelet.
We say it clearly: it is the dictatorship that closes the electoral route, as is proven by the most recent declaration of the usurper of the Ministry of Defense, the imposition of a false CNE and the interventions of the parties.
The dictatorship’s trap will fail, it will not be able to legitimize its new electoral farce, and it will not be able to deceive the Venezuelan people or the international community: we will use these abuses against them to accelerate the actions that will evict them from power.
We must remember and show solidarity with the ten most voted opposition organizations that have been annulled or disqualified: MUD, PJ, VP, UNT, LCR, ABP, MPV, PV, CC and GE. The six parties that have been intervened: Copei, PPT, Bandera Roja, Podemos, MEP, MinUnidad. The four political parties that could never be registered:
Vente, Marea Socialista, MDD, UNO. And more recently AD and PJ who have also suffered the same intervention that we are suffering today.
To the regime and the scorpions we say: THE POPULAR WILL* IS NOT TO BE BOUGHT OR SOLD.
To Venezuela, we endorse our irrevocable decision to put our best into defending our people, to make life impossible for those who today oppress the Venezuelan people, and to irrevocably support the process of change led by our President In Charge Juan Guaidó and the legitimate National Assembly.
Venezuela: today and always count on the People’s Will*.
* VOLUNTAD POPULAR