The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of conscience is an oxygen ball for a Venezuelan opposition that crosses a deep crisis. A corrosive internal division has been added to arrogance and indecent repression of regime of Nicolas Maduro; Encouraged, yes, by grotesque undemocratic maneuvers of Venezuelan president. Hence opportunity of European prize, of great symbolic content, for opposition, represented in little-discussed figure of President of National Assembly Julio Borges, and in all political prisoners.Previous Editorials
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The European Parliament is most firm community institution that has been shown so far against authoritarianism of Venezuelan Chavista regime. This award should be immediate prelude to promised European sanctions for which re is already a preagreement. It is essential that European Union, whose foundations are based on democratic values and freedom of expression, will hasten to take appropriate measures against Venezuelan officialism. In any case, ir sanctions will arrive late, once United States and Canada have launched ir own; Very similar, by way, to which Brussels shuffles.
Contrary to radical opposition criterion, MUD (Table of Democratic Unity) decided to participate in regional elections on October 15th. For that, elections not only would not be clean, but y were a trap of officialism. The result of vote proclaimed by regime, absence of any international control and decreed obligation of opposition governors to swear ir position in a constituent assembly lacking legitimacy give part reason to critics.
The Venezuelan political situation does not stop degrading. The regime has been isolated at international level and Sakharov Prize highlights and subscribes to that isolation. Nicolás Maduro has very few allies. The alleged success of official in last elections motivated express support of Bolivian Evo Morales, Cuban Raul Castro, Nicaraguan Daniel Ortega and Argentine footballer Diego Armando Maradona. We can continue to unite m in an indirect way and against all logic. To this Spanish radical left has joined his own voice Nicolás Maduro, calling president of Catalan National Assembly (ANC), Jordi Sànchez, and Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart, as political prisoners.
This new attack from Maduro to Spanish democracy is not just a disservice to we can. It is, in fact, a demonstration of a surprising communion of ideas because neir mature nor Pablo Iglesias and irs recognize existence of political prisoners in Venezuela. The NGO Foro Penal speaks of 400 opponents in prison. In contrast, Parliament mentions seven in its award and President Antonio Tajani has insisted on dedicating it to "imprisoned unjustly" in Venezuela "just for having expressed his opinion." What can we expect to be aligned with democratic forces?
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