No more violence. What happened in the city of San Cristóbal in Táchira state on Tuesday is simply unacceptable. The murder of Kluivert Ferney Roa, an eighth grader of the area who became the first fatal victim after the publication of the controversial Resolution 8610 allowing authorities to use firearms during demonstrations, should be the last. There is absolutely no justification for this horrendous crime. President Nicolás Maduro must allow investigations to be undertaken without any delay and not start seeking justifications for the actions carried out by the police forces, as he already did.
TalCual appeals to all the Venezuelan people to banish violence. We hope that the death of 14-year-old Roa does not mean the beginning of another cycle of violence, such as that we lived last year, to cause more deaths, wounded and detainees.
Let’s keep in mind that the national government has spared no resources to repress any peaceful demonstration taking place through blood and firepower. That included the use of paramilitary groups to attack these demonstrations. Paramilitary groups that acted with total impunity.
In this case, both the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Government gave a quick and timely response. They arrested Roa’s alleged murderer and pressed charges against him.
They distanced from that police action and gave the impression of wanting to deliver justice. Unfortunately, all this was marred by the the head of State when he justified the actions of the police officer who shot Roa in the head. By the way, shortly after offering his condolences to Roa’s family, Maduro started to crack jokes with his Sports Minister, Antonio "Potro" Álvarez. It was a moment for seriousness, not for mockery.
Let’s not forget that Maduro wants the national democratic sectors to be carried away by their emotions and anger, and that an event like that in San Cristóbal would help justify the decision to suspend the upcoming parliamentary elections. He would follow the line that started with the announcement of several coup d’états, the arbitrary arrest of the Metropolitan Mayor of Caracas Antonio Ledezma, and a request to the Prosecutor’s Office to start an investigation for the purpose of depriving Julio Borges, an opposition lawmaker, of his parliamentary seat.
This is in addition to the silence of the National Electoral Council (CNE) with regard to the summoning to parliamentary elections.
The council’s head, Tibisay Lucena, said on Wednesday that she will announce the date of the elections soon. We hope that her announcements will not be like those of President Maduro.
What have been already defined are the dates for the primary elections for both the Democratic Unity (or MUD) and the PSUV. The MUD will hold its primaries on May 17, while the ruling party will do it on June 21.
The primaries of the democratic sector must be as broad as possible and useful to incorporate a large number of Venezuelans who yearn to live in a democratic country, where human rights are respected and public authorities are autonomous. A country where the National Armed Forces go by the Constitution. Something very different to today’s reality.
The Government is aware that it has "the sun on its back." It is also aware that the enthusiasm it once generated for the majority of Venezuelans has faded away. It has had more failures than successes. All polls have shown an overwhelming rejection towards the administration of Nicolás Maduro. We need to turn that rejection into votes in order to win back the Parliament.