Ricardo Sanchez (archive photo)
[Opposition] deputy representative member before the National Assembly, Ricardo Sánchez, decried that the faction of the opposition which has been leading the violent attacks in recent days, against institutions and people who support the Bolivarian government, belongs to the same sector that perpetrated the 2002 coup d’état.
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Sectarian and cliquish decision making
Ricardo Sánchez specified that, among radical sectors of the Democratic Unity Roundtable:
“Undoubtedly the Primero Justicia PJ ‘Justice First’ party and Voluntad Popular ‘Popular Will’ are those with a hidden agenda, outside the democratic course (...), whereas there is another sector which wants to continue working in democracy.”
The parliamentarian insists that “Henrique Capriles does not represent Venezuela’s opposition as a whole”, that he merely leads a fraction of the national political right and shares a form of “sectarian and cliquish” decision-making with Leopoldo López and Julio Borges, whom he described as the most violent of the right-wing leadership.
Threat to the peace of citizens
Ricardo Sánchez said that it is understandable that “the official sector feels there is a threat to the peace of citizens, in view of the violent situations witnessed over the past few days.”
That violence which have left nine people dead and 78 injured, all of whom were attacked by right-wing assault forces, because of their defence and support of the socialist option.
“I wouldn’t describe the opposition as a single bloc; there are various fractions that make it up.
On the one hand, those who follow the democratic route, and on the other, a faction which is not beyond the suspicion of planning coups, even if presently they are trying show that their struggle is an electoral one, a democratic struggle.”
Sánchez called for a strengthening of dialogue across all political sectors in the country.
He criticized the rightwing for “The recognition of a victory it never obtained,” and urged the right to join the call for dialogue made by the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro.
Sánchez pointed out that:
“We distance ourselves from that tendency within the opposition.
We know that there are people within the ranks of the opposition who do not agree with the violent acts.”
“You can’t enter into dialogue with a stone in your hand, as an irresponsible sector of the opposition has tried to do.”
He emphasised that the plan not to recognise the results, which gave Nicolás Maduro the win:
Questioning of Maduro’s win accompanied by series of agitation actions
The questioning of Maduro’s triumph would be accompanied by a series of agitation actions in the streets, along with watchfulness of the measures enforced by the President, in order to incorporate discontent elements into these protests.
“Was designed to cast a shadow of illegitimacy on the Presidency.
Their idea was to boycott the start of Maduro’s administration, so that Maduro wouldn’t relish the ‘honey moon’ enjoyed by every recently elected President”.
“If the rise in salaries on May 1st was not satisfactory for workers, they would try and link the student and trade union sectors.”
On March 26th, Sánchez, along with deputy representatives Carlos Vargas and Andrés Avelino Álvarez, split ranks with the MUD coalition, after disagreeing with their way of doing politics.
Sánchez noted that following the withdrawal of support for Capriles by these three parliamentarians, some sectors began to describe opposition tactics as illogical:
“We distanced ourselves from that kind of politics.
We parted with the candidacy of Henrique Capriles, and we condemned before the country the plan that was being prepared by the opposition to reject the electoral results.”
2007 Chávez recognized opposition 150,000 vote success
Sánchez added that:
“Given that they came from an opposition which had been taking part in various electoral events, such as the legislative elections of 2010.
Had apparently moved on from the path of planning coups, from that old and bad way of performing politics, as was the case in the 2002 coup d’état, the General Petrol Strike and the pulling out of all candidacies in the 2005 legislative elections.”
In seeking approval for a Constitutional Reform, President Hugo Chávez called a consultation referendum in 2007, where the No option which rejected the reform achieved a win with a difference of around 150,000 votes, prompting the Head of State President Hugo Chávez to acknowledge the opposition’s victory, as soon as the first bulletin of results was issued by the National Electoral Council (CNE).
Sánchez stressed that the Bolivarian leader did not hesitate in recognising the victory of his political adversaries:
“In 2007, the opposition won a referendum and President Chávez recognized the opposition success at the time.
It is that same spirit which we would like to see expressed today.”
The deputy representative forms part of the Mixed Commission for the inquiry into the right-wing’s aggressions, which is being presided over by Pedro Carreño, a parliamentarian from the socialist bench.
The Commission will comprise of 15 parliamentary representatives from the following: Interior and Justice Policy, Comptrollership, Security and Defence, Social Development, Administration and Services.
The Commission's aim will be to investigate acts of violence committed April 15th by assault groups faithful to ex-candidate Henrique Capriles.
“It wasn’t as if he waited for results from votes abroad, or some error in the machines, to see if he could still triumph.
The recognition was immediate.”