Deputy Olivia Lozano, member of the Delegate Commission of the legitimate National Assembly and President of the Foreign Policy, Sovereignty and Integration Commission, expressed her concern about these unfounded accusations regarding the recent statements by regime officials in which they accuse the President in Charge, Juan Guaidó, other political leaders, members of NGOs and organized civil society, of financing and promoting armed gangs in Caracas, and narco-guerrilla groups on the Venezuelan border, highlighting that “If the State, whose functions are currently usurped by Nicolás Maduro’s criminal regime has the monopoly on weapons and the administration of lethal force: How do you explain such an aberrant statement that political leaders, civil society, and NGOs sponsor mega-gangs in Caracas and narco-terrorist groups within on our borders?”
“I wouldn’t say that the regime’s armed gangs got out of control. On the contrary, it promotes, finances and supports them,” affirms the parliamentarian.
“Let no one deceive himself, the criminal gangs are part of the conglomerate of criminal groups together with the FARC and the ELN, which are granted both rural and urban territorial control for the exploitation of mineral resources and the commission of crimes like that of trafficking in women, drug trafficking, extortion, robbery, kidnapping and murder. And now they become a criminal emporium that runs the black market and organized crime, whose majority partner is Nicolás Maduro’s regime,” the parliamentarian asserted.
She added that “the armed gangs are the mechanisms of control and coercion of the social bases. What were initially grassroots social organizations that were attributed the powers of citizen security and the guarantee of peaceful coexistence in our neighborhoods, later mutated into paramilitary groups and criminal gangs at the service of Nicolas Maduro’s oppressive regime, exercising political and social control of communities and to keep their inhabitants in distress.”
“The state of chaos generated by these para-states, which ‘regulate’, ‘legislate’ and contribute to maintain social control and the population subsued through fear and coercion, thus stiffling protests due to the extremely poor interest in safeguarding life is solely in the regime’s advantage.”
“The regime also uses these false arguments to criminalize political dissidence and continue with the systematic persecution of political and social leaderships that can promote the democratic struggle, harass the NGOs that facilitate the denunciation of the drama that Venezuelans are experiencing and at the same time try to help to alleviate it by providing assistance. All this is uncomfortable for the regime.”
Similarly, Deputy Lozano made a call to be alert, highlighting that always on the eve of a negotiation process to seek a peaceful solution to the serious Venezuelan crisis, these types of actions have been exploited by the regime, allowing them to increase their inventory of “political exchange tokens”, seeking to obscure the negotiation processes and making it easier for them not to give in at the core points.
“In the repressive, police and para-police state in which we live, these accusations are not minor things. It is necessary to take extreme precautions and alert institutions, multilateral organizations, social organizations, public opinion and the international community, about new repressive and persecutory acts of political and social leaders, which in this opportunity could have new aggravations,” she asserted.
“I am afraid of the construction of another narrative in the collective consciousness, another exemplary act of punishment, such as: in the judicial branch, the imprisonment of Judge María De Lourdes Afiuni; the assassination of councilor Fernando Albán, emblem of the party’s grassroots organization; the kidnapping and assassination of Pipo Rada, a symbol of grassroots social organizations; the assassination of Captain Acosta Arévalo, a symbol of military dissent. I fear that they are looking for the creation of another barbaric reference,” asserted the parliamentarian.
“It would be a mistake to underestimate the capabilities of an atrocious regime that continues to act and commit so many grievances and outrages, because it acts outside the law and because it believes itself unpunishable,” she added.
Finally, she concluded by highlighting that the solution to so many grievances and outrages, the alternative for the reinstitutionalization of the State and the rescue of our freedom and our democracy passes through the calling of fair, free and verifiable elections, contemplated in the National Salvation Agreement proposed by President Juan Guaidó, and endorsed by the legitimate National Assembly, grassroots organizations, civil society, unions and the International Community.