His representative in Spain expects more “pressure” on Maduro and is “convinced” that there will be no changes in the recognition of Guaidó
The opposition assumes that the “fraud” of December 6 supports the continuation of the current National Assembly
MADRID, 1 Dic. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The parliamentary elections in Venezuela, a “fraud” in the eyes of the opposition, will have as a reply a blended consultation to which Juan Guaidó clings to in order to preserve his legitimacy as ‘president in charge’. Organized in a blended way, it aspires to mobilize the detractors of Chavismo after a stage in which even the leadership of Guaidó himself has been questioned.
The National Assembly, headed by Guaidó and dominated by the opposition for five years – although without factual power due to being declared in contempt by the Supreme Court of Justice – has a mandate until January 5, 2021. The Government of Nicolás Maduro has called for this Sunday the elections that will renew said body, but without the presence of the main opposition parties.
“The regime has progressively usurped functions of the National Assembly,” denounces the representative of Guaidó in Spain, Antonio Ecarri, who in an interview with Europa Press has broken down a list of grievances that begin with the disqualification of three deputies and conclude with the appointment by the Supreme Court of the rectors of the National Electoral Council (CNE).
The “fraud” of December 6 leaves no other way out than the “continuity of the current Assembly”, in the words of Ecarri, who sees in the consultation an element to give legitimacy to this extension. The vote will take place from December 5 to 12, although only the last day will be in person, and it will be possible to participate both inside and outside the country, with the only requirement of being in possession of an identity document, even if it has expired. .
The opposition maintains that its consultation will meet all guarantees and has invited international observers to give their endorsement, including European representatives. He expects a massive turnout – “a higher turnout” than the more than seven million obtained in a previous appointment – to the same extent that he foresees that the elections called by Maduro show the loss of government support.
Ecarri predicts abstention in these elections “above 80 percent”, as well as “empty streets” that, however, would be counteracted by “organized queues” to give a false “feeling” of citizen mobilization. Nor does it rule out an “attempted sabotage” of the consultation by groups related to Chavismo.
Guaidó has traveled in recent weeks to different parts of Veneuela in search of this mobilization, under the message that rejecting fraud means being “united and mobilized”, in such a way that on December 6 the Chavista followers “remain alone.” , as he has emphasized in his social networks. The opposition is optimistic about a second social awakening.
Venezuelans must answer with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the questions posed by the opposition, in which they resort to the language that Guaidó has been using since January 23, 2019, when he proclaimed himself the ‘president in charge’ of Venezuela. and it was recognized by more than fifty countries, including Spain.
The first question asks citizens if they want “an end to the usurpation of the Presidency” and “free, fair and verifiable” presidential and parliamentary elections. Secondly, it raises whether “the event” of December 6 is rejected and the international community is complained of its “ignorance”.
Finally, the opposition wants to know if it is necessary for the international community to activate its “cooperation, accompaniment and assistance” to “rescue” democracy and “protect the people from crimes against humanity”, in indirect allusion to a recently published report by UN investigators and pointing to Maduro and other senior officials.
Guaidó, with the United States as the main supporter, has campaigned in favor of a “national emergency government,” a step prior to the call for new elections that allow the country’s main institutions to be renewed. Maduro has for now ruled out any concession in this regard and instead denounces a plot to oust him from power.
NO GESTURES OF “SOLIDARITY” FROM PODEMOS CON MADURO
The international aspect is the main asset that Guaidó has to continue having options, although the countries that recognize him do so by virtue of his status as president of the National Assembly. Therefore, the allied governments should not only repudiate the elections organized by Chavismo, but also assume the thesis that the current Parliament can continue in office.
This is what Guaidó’s representative in Spain expects, who understands that “due to fraudulent elections, the Assembly remains.” The key is, in his opinion, to “continue under pressure”, opting for “individual sanctions against the characters of the regime who have trafficked and continue to traffic in the wealth” of Venezuela, a country that he already describes as a “failed state.”
Ecarri is “convinced” that this “unalterable position of solidarity” will come from Spain, recalling the “tradition” of the PSOE and its historical link with “democratic parties” in Venezuela. He also perceives support from the Spanish opposition parties and even at United We can point out that there have been no “demonstrations of solidarity in recent times” with the Maduro regime.
In this sense, Ecarri does not fear that United We can influence the coalition government to some extent, since he assures that the PSOE has made it clear that the international policy lines within the Government are set by the socialists. Guaidó’s representative does not rule out speaking with Pablo Iglesias’ party: “We have no problem talking with anyone.”
“It is not an ideological problem, it is a problem between democracy and dictatorship,” insists Ecarri, in whose opinion it is precisely governments like Venezuela that do the most damage to the democratic left, even comparing it to the dictatorship of Pol Pot in Cambodia. “They claim to be socialists and socialists they have nothing, they are a corrupt regime,” he added.
“THE REPRESSION IS PERMANENT”
Ecarri maintains that they come to this consultation because there is no “alternative”. “We have to continue fighting with awareness of the risk involved in facing a monumental fraud,” he alleges, also assuming that the persecution of the opposition in Venezuela can be reactivated because “the repression is permanent.”
However, he emphasizes that Maduro’s is “a government that has no future” and maintains that, despite the difference in positions evidenced within the opposition, “there is unity” on essential issues. “There can be no middle ground. Either you are with the dictatorship or you are with democracy,” he adds.
Guaidó’s representative in Spain sees it as normal for there to be debate in the “democratic sector”, given that “there is no single boss, a single finger that marks the lines” to follow. In this sense, he believes that movements like those of Henrique Capriles, who, like the EU, tried an electoral postponement, show that it is “very difficult” for Maduro to give in.
Faced with this situation, he adds, only political and economic pressure remains. “If democracies get serious against Maduro, that dictatorship falls,” says Ecarri, who is not afraid of the political and social erosion of the opposition led by Guaidó after more than a year and a half without practical progress. “Dictatorial regimes fall when nobody expects it,” he says.