Simón Calzadilla, National General Secretary of the movement for Venezuela, assured that the success of the election on October 22 “is not good for the government and its employees, who have no choice but to remain in denial.”
The decision of the prosecutor Tarek William Saab, who argued that the opponents committed the crime of usurping electoral functions, contradicts the commitment of Nicolás Maduro in the agreement signed in Barbados on October 17 in which he promised to offer and maintain guarantees.
In an interview with the program La Noche, Calzadilla drew attention to the objective that Nicolás Maduro has always maintained to stay in power and some of his strategies to divide many parts of the opposition,
“They started by suppressing the National Electoral Commission about 9 months ago, then in a new speech they want us to change everything we are doing, and yet we asked the polling centers and they refused them again. We decided to continue the primaries that are self-selected, because of the complexity of the people and the threat of the shopping centers that offer themselves, the tax authority came to threaten them, they did not allow the owners of private schools to lend us their headquarters, they threaten churches, they threaten associations of commercial schools so that we cannot hold primaries. However, in the houses of the leaders, in the houses of our parties, in the streets we managed to organize, and despite the difficulties, well, we surprised the world,” emphasized Calzadilla.
The regime’s reaction to Machado’s victory in the primaries
Henry Alvarez, the coordinator of the organization and political activities of the campaign of the presidential candidate of Venezuela, María Corina Machado, assured that once again the regime showed its undemocratic essence. “We criticize that there is no institutional framework in the efforts to preserve the rights of citizens and here once again they show it, which is surprising when a few days ago an agreement was signed in which the rights in the election and guarantees must be respected and now they are persecuting the members of the National Commission.
Calzadilla, for his part, assured that neither the regime nor the world imagined the surprising results of last Sunday’s election in his country and emphasized the participation of voters that exceeded 2.5 million votes.