Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said Sunday the only way to have peace in the country, which have been undermined by sectors of the right, is the constituent power.
“I dream of the day the people will choose with a direct, secret and universal vote under the rectory of the Electoral Power the members of the National Constituent Assembly. We will open the doors of great dialogue, we will open the horizons to coexistence,” said Maduro in a meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Constituent Assembly with cultural practitioners, artists and intellectuals, held in the Miraflores presidential palace.
However, he warned the country is facing an armed insurgency promoted by the most radical sectors of the right.
“I searched for all the ways to talk to them, they don’t want to talk, they are violent. After they declared an insurgency, and I understood it, I activated all the plans to constitutionally stem this insurgency, that is masked as alleged peaceful protest marches, but we know that they are mise-en-scenes to install violence. They have destroyed more than a thousand businesses, ” he stressed.
The President said that given these terrorist actions he has called for a constituent process, using his powers stipulated in articles 347, 348 and 349 of Venezuela’s Constitution, as the way to strengthen the nation and guarantee citizen coexistence.
“I am calling for a direct democracy, that has the voice and spirit of the working class, the youth, the community, the missionary,” he said.
The Presidential Commission for the Activation of the National Constituent Assembly has held debates and dialogues with businessmen, political parties and movements of the Great Patriotic Pole, organized communities, women, young people, older adults, people with disabilities and cultural practitioners.
Venezuela’s opposition coalition MUD, which brings together right-wing parties, was invited to a meeting Monday to learn about the process of convening the National Constituent Assembly, but refused to participate and insists on calling on street actions resulting in the activation of clashes and violent acts aimed at attacking and destroying public and private property.
80% of Venezuelans reject violent demonstrations as a way of doing politics
80% of Venezuelans disagree with the current violent demonstrations and the so-called guarimbas (violent riots) promoted by some radical opposition groups as an instrument of protest, while 19% support them, revealed a survey conducted by polling firm Hinterlaces, presented by journalist and political analyst Jose Vicente Rangel at a local private station.
The poll, conducted through 1,580 interviews nationwide between April 17 and May 3, also indicates that most Venezuelans reject the actions of right-wing leaders promoting violent riots, said Rangel during his Sunday analysis TV show.
61% agree that those responsible and promoters of violent demonstrations are arrested and prosecuted by the judiciary, while 36% disagree, and 3% do not know or do not answer.
Based on the current political situation in the country, 59% of respondents have less confidence in the leadership of the Venezuelan opposition, 32% have more confidence, and 9% do not know or did not respond.
Also, 66% approve holding of presidential elections in 2018, as established in the Constitution, compared to 33% who support the proposal of some right-wing leaders demanding the immediate resignation of President Nicolas Maduro.
Regarding talks between the government and the opposition in the current context, 63% considered it “very important”, while 22% believe that it is “nothing important”, 9% consider it “important” and 5 %, “less important”.
Rangel said the climate of political tension created by the call for street violence by the opposition radical sectors has spurred strong criticism within the right-wing opposition coalition MUD that reject these actions as a way of doing politics.
“A worse effect, which produces very severe critical reactions, occurs in independent sectors of the country, made up of entrepreneurs, producers and traders, who reject violence and who are victims of actions happening each time the opposition calls for a demonstration,” he said.