Certain political sectors of Venezuela “are injecting a lot of money to buy criminal gangs and generate violence in working-class neighborhoods,” said the president of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, on Tuesday afternoon.
He warned that his government will not stand idly by. “Then don’t cry, don’t scream, when justice is done with the Constitution,” commented Maduro in a speech broadcast on the public television outlet Venezolana de Television (VTV). “Do not go out to say you are politically persecuted, to get a statement from Almagro.”
He also said that those responsible for these “dirty plans against the peace of communities” know perfectly who they are and what they are doing. “Fortunately we have the peace quadrants, the People’s Power and the Popular Power, and the right to peace will be more powerful than the dirty plans to buy gangs to attack the innocent people.”
The president closed the topic with the installation of the Presidential Council of the Popular Government of Communes, saying that “in these cases you have to act, rather than talk.”
AN joins the complaint: criminal gangs are receiving money
Approximately an hour before, the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly (AN), Jorge Rodríguez, in a regular parliamentary session, lodged a complaint along the same lines following remarks made by opposition politician Luis Ramos.
“It is true that the underworld does not look at political colors, but maybe it does have a political color in its pocket or in its pistols,” said Rodríguez in the opening part of his speech. “Or maybe there are activists from terrorist groups distributing money to these criminal gangs in Petare, in La Vega, in La Cota 905, in Apure, in Guárico.”
“Is it by chance that these gangs are activated on Monday afternoons, deputies and deputies?” asked the parliamentarian. “Is it by chance that activists and followers of Juan Guaidó and Leopoldo López appear touring sectors dominated by those gangs, distributing money and activating violent actions? Is it by chance that a criminal, a violent person, a murderer, who has a deep record of sowing violence against defenseless people, like Simonovis… is pointing out things very similar to what you are saying, deputy, like that about the Government not controlling the territory, that it should be more responsible in handling the security issue?”
Government has defended peace
“You are here, I am here, and all of Venezuela is watching us on television in the quietness of its homes, because this government has defended the peace of the Republic,” asserted Rodríguez. “Never before in 200 years has national peace been so attacked in a multiform way by these criminal gangs of the Venezuelan right. I am not referring to the La Vega gangs, but to Juan Guaidó and Leopoldo López.”
Finally, Congressman Rodríguez said that it is “despicable” to try to achieve political-electoral gains within such a “complex and serious” situation. However, Rodríguez expressed his certainty that speeches like Romero’s will be repeated on the road to November 21, the day of regional and municipal mega-elections.
Featured image: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a working meeting broadcast on public television. Photo courtesy of Prensa Presidencial.
(RedRadioVE) by Lucía Eugenia Córdova
Translation: Orinoco Tribune