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Leopoldo Lopez: Weakness Permits Advance of Venezuelan Dictatorship

By: Karina Martín - Jan 23, 2017, 4:16 pm
In the wake of decisions by the electoral authorities to postpone elections, the Venezuelan opposition has taken to the streets today (
In the wake of decisions by the electoral authorities to postpone elections, the Venezuelan opposition has taken to the streets today (El Diario de Guayana).

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Opposition politician and political prisoner Leopoldo López asked Venezuelans to overcome despair and fear and invited them to “to renew their convictions spirit.”

“Our attitude towards this dictatorship violating human rights must be permanent irreverence, we must challenge it and promote a profound change, a democratic change,” said the leader of Popular Will in an article published on his blog.

“This fear of ours and the administration of terror by the Maduro regime have been fundamental elements of its longevity in power. If we fail to defeat this fear, we will not have the capacity to conceive and lead a process of change, “Lopez wrote.

Lopez also reiterated his conviction “to continue fighting against this repressive, inefficient, corrupt, and undemocratic system that the Chavistas have built over more than three decades.”

“The non-violent struggle is neither passive, nor contemplative, nor complacent,” and, on the contrary, “is irreverent and defiant” and added that “it is full of risks because of its rebellious nature.”

“And in order to be rebels, before any violation of our rights, it is necessary to protest, to raise our voice, to consider our conscience” he said.

“We have no room for despair, Venezuela!” concluded Lopez in his letter to all those who call for a change in Venezuela.

It is important to note that today, for the first time, since 1959, Venezuelan citizens will spend January 23 without being able to exercise their right to vote, after the National Electoral Council (CNE) postponed gubernatorial elections. Additionally, in violation of the Venezuelan Constitution, Venezuelan authorities have refused to schedule a presidential recall referendum, despite the opposition presenting sufficient signatures.

The Venezuelan opposition has called on Venezuelans to take to the streets in a massive protest against the Maduro regime. Chavistas, supporting the government, are also planning shows of force.

Source: Diario de Leopoldo Lopez

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Ecuadorian Government Demands Release of Soldiers Held by Indigenous Tribe

By: Karina Martín - Jan 23, 2017, 3:04 pm
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EspañolThe Ministry of Defense demanded the release of two soldiers held by Shuar Indians this week. Ministry officials said in a statement that "members of the Armed Forces, like all Ecuadorians, have the right to free movement throughout the national territory, so that this forced retention is a kidnapping that constitutes an attack on their rights and security." The statement rejected acts that violate the human rights of people, the constitution and a state of emergency decreed in the area as of last December. Read More: Protectionism Can Not Trump Basic Principles of Economics Read More: Live Blog: News and Analysis of Donald Trump’s Inauguration "The kidnapping of the military mentioned is an illegal and unacceptable act," ministry officials said. The soldiers held in the Amazonian community of Yunkupais are lieutenants Luis Rodríguez and Paúl Pazmiño, both of whom had come to rescue other soldiers held by the Indians. They have been held since Saturday January 21, after the Shuar community of Yunkuapais demanded their exchange for members of the officers initially detained. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The Ministry has reiterated that it will maintain its position of non-negotiation if "the violence and illegality of the actions of these groups" continues. The Sarayacu community has reportedly told the government that the soldiers are being held in response to the state of emergency declared in the province of Morona Santiago, where there had been strong disturbances by the opposition of indigenous groups to Chinese mining operations. Fuentes: La República; El Universo.

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