President Nicolás Maduro condemns interventionist remarks by the U.S. Vice President and reaffirms support for National Constituent Assembly
The wave of violence unleashed by Venezuela’s ultra right wing has forced the country’s government led by President Nicolás Maduro to launch the second phase of Plan Zamora, which seeks to protect the stability of the nation.
Joint efforts between various national security services committed to ensuring the safety of citizens, have contained acts of vandalism and violence by neo-fascist groups.
Meanwhile, the outcomes of these operations provide a much clearer idea of the true motivations behind the actions of these armed groups, financed by opposition parties, who infiltrate protests to cause chaos, destruction and even death.
It has become clear that the opposition is purposely creating an atmosphere of fear and panic in order to destabilize the country and forcibly overthrow the Bolivarian government through acts of violence which have already claimed more than 60 lives in just two months.
Confessions by recently arrested ringleaders reveal their close ties with opposition leaders actively supporting violence and aggression.
One of the most significant cases was the arrest in mid-May of Nixon Alfonso Leal, directly linked to ultra right opposition party Primero Justicia (Justice First), and implicated in the “La Salida” plan, launched in 2014, which left 43 people dead.
Alfonso Leal, with a long history of involvement in acts of terrorism, organized the armed insurgency which operated in the capital’s eastern neighborhoods of Altamira, Chacao and Bello Monte, and managed to assembly armed groups in Catia, to the west of the city.
Authorities also seized matériel, including military uniforms, explosives, guns and munitions, as well as warehouses where handmade weapons were produced, including Molotov cocktails.
Among other acts of violence in the west of the country – also orchestrated by right wing parties – the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) has had to face Colombian paramilitary groups, operating on the border between the two nations, who stockpile and traffic illegal arms to violent groups.
Official investigations have revealed that this is also the main route used to smuggle drugs into Venezuela, which are then distributed to violent groups at various points across the country, including a substance called Captagon, also known as the ‘jihadist drug,’ as its used and produced by Islamic State terrorists in Syria and Iraq.
The impact of such actions goes beyond any possible political or social demands. The destruction of businesses, public offices and buildings, vandalizing tombs, killing in cold blood, including burning people alive, demonstrate the nature of these armed groups, which the mainstream media insist on presenting as “peaceful” protesters.
Meanwhile, Venezuela’s ultra right continues to try and gain power by any means necessary, and after failing to win at the polls, has no other choice but to dust off its fascist agenda and resort to terrorist practices, which have already been met with resistance from the Venezuelan people.
MADURO CONDEMNS U.S. INTERVENTION IN VENEZUELA’S INTERNAL AFFAIRS
Speaking in Caracas on June 16, Venezuelan Head of State, Nicolás Maduro, condemned U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s recent remarks about democracy in the South American nation.
Maduro called on Pence not to interfere in Venezuela’s internal affairs and demanded that the U.S. government cease its attempts, with the complicity of the Organization of American States (OAS) and right wing governments in Latin America, to take control of the country.
During a meeting with right wing leaders in the U.S. city of Miami, Vice President Pence urged countries of the continent to condemn the Venezuelan government’s supposed abuse of power.
In this regard, Maduro noted that such statements form part of the empire’s failed manual to overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution, re-impose its hegemonic power in Latin America, and seize the region’s resources.
He also reiterated that Venezuela will continue along the path toward peace through the establishment of a National Constituent Assembly, which will strengthen democracy in the country. (PL)
THE ANC WILL DEFEND THE VENEZUELAN CONSTITUTION
Speaking in Caracas, Vice President of Venezuela’s social missions, Elías Jaua, recently stated that the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) will broaden and defend the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic.
The democratic initiative will also contribute to strengthening the social programs and missions designed to benefit the Venezuelan people implemented by the government across the country, stated Jaua, also president of the ANC organizing commission, during his television program “Encuentro popular.”
He went on to note that the Constituent Assembly will not do away with the 1999 Constitution, which he described as the fundamental base for the new constitution. Meanwhile, Comptroller General of the Republic, Manuel Galindo, highlighted that the Assembly will contribute toward strengthening the country’s different branches of government.
According to PL, during a June 13 Council of Ministers meeting in the Miraflores Presidential Palace, Galindo explained that among its objectives, the ANC aims to establish a new legal framework which responds to the current situation in the country.
On July 30, the Venezuelan people will elect their representatives to the ANC, via a universal, secret and direct vote.
Once the voting process is completed, the ANC will feature 364 regional constituents, eight members of indigenous communities and 173 individuals representing workers, campesinos, fishers, businesses, retirees, disabled people and communes and community councils.
According to experts, the National Constituent Assembly will contribute toward ensuring the country’s peace and independence, through the promotion of a national dialogue that can put an end to the acts of violence endorsed by right wing leaders.
It will also establish the constitutional base for a social model which seeks to establish mutual recognition, equality, justice, peace and dignity for all Venezuelans.