MADRID, 1 Feb. –
The self-proclaimed “president in charge” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, said on Friday about the situation in Venezuela that the citizens of the country are experiencing a “silent war” because “no bombs are seen but the same pain is suffered.”
In an interview granted on Friday to the newspaper 'El Nuevo Herald', Guaidó has assured that the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, is forcing the international community to carry out “more extreme actions to put an end to his regime.” “The hardening of the economic fence is discussed today but tomorrow I could contemplate the military option,” he said.
After conducting an international tour of several countries, the opposition leader has indicated that “we must evaluate all options, always favoring those that lead to the outcome of the situation in the short term”, when asked about whether he has dealt with international leaders the possibility of military action.
“In any case, those who have opted for more severe situations is the dictatorship,” Guaidó said, assuring that a series of efforts have been made to find a “democratic” way out of the Venezuelan crisis that has been “constantly blocked.” by Maduro.
As for the sanctions that some countries have applied against Venezuela, Guaidó has assured that the “economic siege” must be accompanied by the revival of street protests, something that has shown “optimistic” because he believes that citizens will protest again to “defend freedom”.
Given the possibility of holding new parliamentary elections, he stressed that his party, Popular Will, will not participate in an “electoral farce” organized by the Government.
“For a farce we are not going to lend, and nobody in the world is going to lend to be observers or validate a process that does not meet a minimum of conditions that approximate a solution,” he said, to which he added that today in There are fewer electoral conditions today than in past elections, where “Maduro tried to kidnap or deceive the world.”
Specifically, he has ensured that twelve people on his team are in hiding. “They are being persecuted because I am on tour. There are 35 parliamentarians with their immunity violated,” he said.
Soon, Guaidó will visit the United States as part of his international tour, after meeting with representatives from the United Kingdom and Madrid, in addition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of France, Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau , the Colombian president, Iván Duque, and the United States secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.
In addition, the Venezuelan opposition leader said he would do “everything possible” to achieve a meeting in the coming days with the president of the United States, Donald Trump.
The political crisis in Venezuela took a final turn on January 5, when a vote to elect the new parliamentary leadership should be held in the National Assembly. The majority opposition headed by Juan Guaidó hoped to ratify him in office so that he could also continue as “president in charge” of Venezuela.
However, Venezuelan forces took access to Parliament and prevented Guaidó from entering and the deputies who support him, who finally held the vote in the editorial of the Venezuelan newspaper 'El Nacional', where he was re-elected by 100 votes, 16 more than necessary.
At the same time, Luis Parra was elected by the 'chavistas' deputies and the dissident opposition as president of the National Assembly, in a vote that was rejected by a good part of the international community.