PRESIDENT Nicolas Maduro assured Venezuelans at the weekend that, despite the violent agenda promoted by sections of the opposition, peace would prevail for the constituent assembly election dry-run.
“There are people here who want death and war. However, we did not allow that beforehand and we won’t allow it now,” he stressed.
“Peace will overcome. Peace yes, war no, constituent assembly yes, barricades no,” he said during a ceremony at the National Pantheon to inter the remains of Argimiro Gabaldon aka Comandante Carache, the guerilla leader, poet and former Venezuelan Communist Party general secretary who was shot dead in 1964.
The president urged Venezuelans to take part in yesterday’s dry-run “to see how the voting machines work, who the candidates are and find better information.
“You are summoned to an electoral party, a party of peace.”
The National Electoral Council (CNE) is overseeing the process in the run-up to the actual election on July 30.
President Maduro also made reference to the plebiscite the opposition held yesterday.
“The opposition has called an internal consultation of the Mud (United Democratic Roundtable), has convened an internal consultation of the opposition parties, with their own mechanisms without electoral records, without prior audit, without subsequent audit,” he said.
He called on “all Venezuelans to participate in the political events that were peacefully convened, that respect the ideas of others. Peace is what I want and peace is what we will have.”
Ex-Bolivian president Jorge Quiroga was among a group of former Latin American presidents who flew to Caracas on Saturday to support the opposition.
“This fraudulent constitutional assembly will create a majority that will shut congress, throw democracy out the window, wipe out state governors and fire the chief prosecutor,” he claimed.
The CNE regards the plebiscite on President Maduro’s administration as illegitimate and non-binding.
The president condemned cyber aggression towards Venezuela by technology transnational Google, complaining that the CNE website is misrepresented in the internet search giant’s results.
Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas criticised Twitter’s decision a few days ago to shut down 180 accounts of public institutions and Bolivarian activists, including Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada’s, with no justification.