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This Tuesday, civil society representatives announced an agreement with which they seek to join efforts and reach a consensus to defeat Nicolás Maduro’s government.

There was a full house in the Aula Magna of the Central University, where civil society organizations, communal leaders, business sectors and professional associations gathered to proclaim their unity with the motto “Venezuela doesn’t give up, the time for change is here.”

The event was convened for 10:00 a.m. on March 6, five days after the National Electoral Council delayed presidential elections for May 20.

The motto “Venezuela doesn’t give up, the time for change is here.”

Many would think that the Venezuelan civil society and the business sector are late to the party, since elections are underway with the same electoral referee. However, what we heard in the Aula Magna under Calder’s Clouds for three hours were the voices of workers and employees who refuse to leave the country, who stand their ground against an oppressive regime.

Professor Víctor Márquez Corao, head of the UCV’s teachers association, representing professors before the University Council and committed to this fight in defense of Autonomy and Democracy, was the man behind this call presented in three blocks, sans radical or extreme positions, but plural and representative.

Father José Virtuoso, rector of the Andrés Bello Catholic University, spoke on behalf of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference, summing up the spirit of the event in a call against the injustice and tyranny “that has forced 89% of the Venezuelan population into income poverty and 67% into structural poverty. The country is collapsed and the government imposes its will by abusing essential human rights. This is why we say, from the pain of the Venezuelan people, that we need to change the government and the model.”

Even dissident chavista Nicmer Evans was applauded. “I’m here with you. I’m here for Unity,” a word that repeated in the flyers that the organization Dale Letra distributed to the audience.

“Our fight is to restore the rule of law, represented today by the true union of all Venezuelans, all of us who are here today are fighting for respect for the Constitution.” Evans urged those present to lend their hands to those who are still kidnapped by chavismo, to public servants who can’t express themselves and to those who wait for the CLAP box and want to earn their living with their own sweat and salary.

Our fight is to restore the rule of law, represented today by the true union of all Venezuelans

Since protests died down in August last year, people have been waiting for someone to call to street protests again. Nobody acknowledged it aloud in the Aula Magna, but the fervor of the fight could be felt from the start of the event. “Venezuela doesn’t give up,” was heard in all 15 speeches from sector leaders, teachers, doctors, neighbors, students and business owners.

Marcela Martínez, one of Dale Letra’s members, focused on encouraging peaceful protests. At midday, journalist Alba Cecilia Mujica, recently fired from a TV program for discussing former pilot Óscar Pérez’s death, read the manifesto in which all those present agreed to join efforts to topple Nicolás Maduro’s government.Marco Ruíz, Secretary General of the Union of Press Workers said that journalists are committed with the country and won’t give up either. There were tears, some of hope and some of sorrow. Dale Letra took the opportunity to call for actions, spreading through the Aula Magna with phrases like “we believe in peace,” “strength in unity” and “let nobody stand alone against the evil of repression.”Meanwhile, students made it clear that they’re willing to sacrifice their lives if necessary to recover democracy, “something that our generation has never known, but we hope for it,” said Rafaela Requesens. Later, we heard that MUD representatives wanted to take the podium but couldn’t.

“Time’s up for those who squandered our oil and the mining arc. This event is for change, we’ll immediately start demanding democratic help, the activation of humanitarian aid in food and medicines; the application of an economic policy that ends hyperinflation and favors productive development as well as better real wages; a policy to foster quality education and efficient healthcare,” she said.

The event ended with the promise of turning our country’s inhospitable and hostile environment into a space for life, with the demand to restore institutionality, branch autonomy and advancing change with the guidance of social organizations.

Time’s up for those who squandered our oil and the mining arc.

Professional politicians such as Ramón Guillermo Aveledo, Juan Requesens, Gaby Arellano, Negal Morales, Juan Pablo Guanipa, Andrés Velázquez, José Guerra and Dinorah Figuera remained in their seats. They’ll have their moment when the National Alliance, which will include those who participated in this event, is presented in a few days to face future challenges.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. With a population of 31.57 million people, strong as the government/military alliance is, they are no match for a popular revolt. This could only come when the population at large was “sick and tired of being sick and tired,” and finally had enough. And said so. Sounds like they just said so – and to be sure, this will play across the international media platform – but the power to change anything seems to rest with the people themselves. Hope this goes somewhere constructive.

    • Wrong. It goes nowhere – fast.

      VZ population that cared enough to change things has already left.

      The can clap and dance and stomp their feet if it makes them feel any better. But wake me when they decide to take action.

      The pointless September 2016 marches taught us that chavistas don’t care nor are they afraid.

      • If the Venezuelan population that cared enough to change things left, then why did they leave, if they cared enough to change things? And aren’t some of them doing something in other countries? I left because I did not care enough to change things: it’s not my country, and who the heck is going to listen to an American when the countries leadership was busy throwing the Americans out? Posting on a blog isn’t going to do much, but it’s a bit better, I think, than doing nothing.

        How were the 2016 marches pointless if they made an enormous point with the international community? A million people in the streets in a city with a population of three million is far from pointless. I’ve met people in the U.S. who have said that voting is pointless because one vote isn’t going to make a difference. The logic there has a tiny little hole in it, and all the common sense leaks out through it.

  2. UCB people.. This muddy, pathetic, clueless, delusional UCB crowd, even the despicable Nicmer Adams and plenty other Chavistoide Mutating Iguanas of sorts, (too bad Henri Falson, another skin-shedding hideous tropical reptile, was busy laundering his recent Andorra bribe). Ucebista MUD, crying foul game and rebellion after almost 19 years of passive servitude, gross failures, complacency if not Complicity with the Kleptozuelan regime. 19 years, calladitos, sometidos, for the most part. Often corrupt, when the first Guiso became available. Now dried out, like the heavy oil prices.

    Dreamers, at best, delusional. Their only hope is for Rex Tillerson and the US administration, backed by the International community, to lay down the hammer. But they still don’t get it, after 19 years in the mud, subservient, highly corruptible, humiliated, lied to, robbed, impoverished when honest, some even hungry, and they still don’t get it. Siguen con su orgullo del coño, to this day.. Nationalistic crap for a destroyed country, they are the only ones who have been on their knees for 19 years. False pride, for a thoroughly destroyed Caracas’ Carcass and the skeleton of its putrid “democratic institutions”, don’t you think..

    Hopefully they keep that supposedly combative spirit, though, after the massive fraud about to be served. Hopefully it boils over after the Genocidal Tyranny is forced to cut millions of bribes, after Rex cuts the $35 million per day in cash for oil, and not even India pays half of that on credit.. Forced to live under the only remaining cash, from the Drug Trade, which will be barely enough to keep the corrupt military and top chavistas thugs satisfied. Hopefully, then they will finally be really, really arrechos and fed-up.

    Because this was nothing. More politically charged, populist hot air. Pura Paja.

    Then, and only then, perhaps they’ll be ready to support a few brave US Marines who might be graceful enough to save their pathetic country, which is OBVIOUSLY incapable of fighting and saving itself. They should just be thankful in advance to the Gringos many of these Muddy Ucebistas so despise, if the USA pities them and saves them before it’s several Decades more of Cubazuela II hell.

    • Try spelling the name of the place correctly, to begin with. UCV, not UCB.

      Do you have your silly screed about Rex, the MUD, Kleptozuela etc. and all the rest of your patronizing garbage you call speech typed out in a Word doc you can copy paste from? It sure sounds like it.

      Try something a little more poetic. Like this:

      “Ya que te la das de gran poeta, hazte la p*j* sin abrirte la bragueta”.
      Muchacho gafo.

      • Retard, stick to the topic, contribute something except childish ad hominems, use your real name, pussy, it’s UCB para Brutos como tu.

        • So what are you doing, keyboard warrior? Are you putting your neck on the line?

          You “buddy Rex” isn’t gonna do anything. Trump isn’t gonna do anything. Sanctions are well and good, but only so far as they don’t harm their actual constituents. A complete oil embargo won’t happen, as it’d drive prices up for the US population. The Marines aren’t coming. The Blue Helmets aren’t coming. Venezuelans will be the agents of change, or no one will. Venezuela isn’t Iraq, it’s Zimbabwe. It’s not a threat to world stability, so there will be no intervention. Get that through your thick head and deal with reality.

          These people are trying to get the ball rolling again after a year or protests that yielded nothing but dead kids. Help out or get out of the way.

          • You’re wasting your time here, EA.

            Trying to convince a troll that wouldn’t pass the Turing Test is like tilting at windmills

        • Poeta, the identical daily word salad…it’s like you didn’t make the cut for the Russian troll farm. Can you not mix it up a bit?

          And this thing where on the one hand, if they do nothing, they’re sheep, but if they do something, they’re delusional. You’re going to have to figure out if you are a fascist or a nihilist. You’ll be a lot less angry when you figure that one out, and your observations will be less equivocal.

    • Yes, poeta, true. And indeed they have to realize that Rex holds the ultimate Trump card. Furthermore, at the end of the day you might have just a debating society with no action. Nevertheless, more than anything else, people need to return to some form of protests…whether we are talking about what went on at UDO today in Margarita (50 detained, 8 arrested and many others injured), or poor pueblo folks protesting that CLAP has not arrive. This is a game of Chess, but 12 chessboards at once. Even your academic idealists and civic leaders have a role in this, and civil society is one of the chess boards. We need an open rebellion of people who are fed up with this government and how shitty their daily lives are, and this will take a multitude of forms.

      More than anything else, I think this was a positive event and hopefully it will mobilize something. It is a good thing that even Chavistas lite are involved, and they have their role for now, but they will be totally marginalized once this is all done and over with.

      • The street protests are always good, but they would be crushed again. 4 million young protesters got the hell out, the MUD “leaders” are divided and pathetic, what’s left are mostly afraid enchufado leeches or Chavistoide weasels like many on that UCV ‘event’. La vaina va a ser a los coñazos, y gracias a los USA. First, partial financial strangulation, then by surgical military removal, Cara’e’Piña style.

        Love it when they shake as in Margarita today, let’em get ready for when the real shit hits the fan. That’s whenever Rex and friends decide.

          • Our “friend” the Poet, writes in comfort from good ole Miami, Kepler.

            There he likes to ride his bike around town and hates it when you call him Sledge. Must be the left out performer brother of Sister Sledge.

        • Less arrogance might help. Don’t assume that the US can clear up this mess. Your comments are understandable but not heloful and offensive to those who have their hands tied by a Dictator and his cronies.

    • Poeta, tienes una fijación enfermiza con Rex. Quedaste enamorado después de la cogida que te echó y por eso lo añoras tanto?

  3. Mabel Sarmentio reports “Venezuela doesn’t give up,” was heard in all 15 speeches from sector leaders, teachers, doctors, neighbors, students and business owners” the very same day her boss throws in the towel. There certainly is diversity of viewpoint here but I still can’t make any sense out of Quico’s concession to the Chavistas today So the people in Venezuela, the ones without food and medicine and who live in a virtually lawless country still have fight in their hearts but the prodigal son safe in Canada eating three square meals a day has lost all hope. Something is wrong with this picture.

    • The Devil’s Advocate speaks here: Francisco just echoed what appears to be taking place in Venezuela, and maybe he just did that to get a reaction from those who post here.

      Superman has not risen up to take out the regime. Godot has not appeared at the bus stop. The march never went to Miraflores. Carlos Andres Perez’ plan never got implemented. Chavez was not kept in prison for his failed coup. The socialist sentiment, or the teat-sucking-oil sentiment, goes back to before WW II probably, and the Cuba-communist infiltration goes back to Batista days in Cuba. Anyone who doesn’t see that communists have been winning big in Venezuela isn’t looking at facts.

      But the thing is that communism doesn’t win; communism loses consistently because it is a losing mess, a destruction. Venezuela has been losing consistently, infiltrated and poisoned.

      It is up to the brains of the country to take the leadership, back to democracy and free market capitalism. Free market capitalism has brought the world astounding prosperity in the short 400 years since the Italian Renaissance. And it turned Chile around. Socialism has brought nothing but millions upon millions of corpses.

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