Caracas (EFE) for “political prisoners” and the closure of the “torture centers” in which they say they are being held.
A call for political prisoners in Venezuela
In a message addressed to the relatives of the detainees considered political prisoners, four of the participants in the event, attended by María Corina Machado, Tamara Adrián, Delsa Solórzano, Andrés Caleca, Carlos Prosperi, César Pérez Vivas, Freddy Superlano and Andrés Velásquez , assured that a first State policy should be to grant freedom to these citizens.
Solórzano pointed out that currently in Venezuela there are “300 political prisoners” who suffer torture and who are denied their fundamental guarantees.
For his part, Velásquez assured that achieving the freedom of detainees considered political prisoners is a priority that justice must follow for students and demonstrators who died during protests.
The leader of Vente Venezuela, María Corina Machado, pointed out that “this fight is to free an entire country from the captivity of this tyranny”, as she described the government of Nicolás Maduro.
Superlano agreed with this, and proposed to close the “torture centers” that, he assured, operate in Venezuela, and turn them into museums so as not to forget the events recorded there.
“One of those actions as president of this country, and that must go hand in hand with the release of political prisoners, must be the elimination of those dens where today they are tortured,” he said.
Get out of the Chavista system in the economy
All the participants reaffirmed the need to get out of the system imposed for more than 20 years, which they consider does not generate “trust” in investors, something they see as important to restore economic stability to Venezuela.
Caleca assured that “the environment of full freedom, of full democracy” will be the only thing that will allow “the country to return to the path of development.”
For his part, Machado proposed an “expansive stabilization of the economy” through opening up to international markets, privatization and respect for private property.
Solórzano agreed with Machado, who affirmed that “there is no possibility of economic development under a dictatorship” nor under the socialist system established by the current government.
Pérez Vivas and Velásquez stressed the need to improve wages and pensions as a priority in economic policy, while Prósperi proposed investment in science and technology as a mechanism to bring Venezuela “to the first world.”
Meanwhile, Adrián and Superlano raised structural reforms as a priority to achieve productive economic development.
“Development with inclusion, that there is the maximum economic development with the maximum social inclusion, that no one is left behind”, stated Adrián as one of his main ideas.
Capriles does not attend the opposition debate
Among the notable absentees is the two-time candidate for the Presidency of Venezuela, Henrique Capriles, who this Monday, in a message broadcast on his social networks, criticized the fact that opponents remain “trapped in an internal debate” while Venezuelans wait for the anti-Chavismo leaders propose “an alternative” and unity.
For his part, César Almeida, backed by the political party Unidad Política Popular 89 (UPP89), assured, in various media, that he was not invited to the event, which is held in the Aula Magna of the Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB), in Caracas.
The independent candidates Gloria Pinho and Luis Farías confirmed to EFE that they did not receive an invitation to the event either.