Juan Requesens, who worked as a political activist and was arrested for his participation in the demonstrations against the government of Venezuela, assured during an interview that the subversive path carried out in the years 2014–2017 “is not worth it.”
“It’s not worth it because he made a lot of people suffer,” he said, adding that his family suffered a lot from his arrest, as did his sister Rafaela Requesens, who was also detained during his time with him.
“It’s not worth it because it hurts a lot of people: my parents, my children, my sisters, Rafaela, who is also in prison with me, Leisy, who also experiences it as a test, friends who have to leave the country. , my family, and my loved ones. We lost so much in one of these years that, of course, one said, No, it’s not worth it,” said the Primero Justicia activist during an interview.
However, he stressed that during his imprisonment, he learned a lot.
It was worth it because I learned a lot. There are people who say, ‘I haven’t changed my house’; it has really changed for me. Of course, I still have a lot of things from before; I’m still the same emotionally; I changed my mind; the convictions that I have now make me think differently; and there are opinions that I am more stubborn than five years ago,” explained Requesens.
In his opinion, it is positive because “we represent many people who are in the same situation and who deserve to fight for it, and they will not be forgotten either.” It should be noted that the former parliamentarian was convicted of “conspiracy” after the explosion of two drones near a platform where Maduro led an event with the military on August 4, 2018, in Caracas.
He was released in October after signing an agreement at the negotiating table between the government and the opposition.