The presidential candidate of the opposition in Venezuela, Maria Corina Machadodoes not give up or beat around the bush and goes straight to the hearts of the citizens to ratify that he will continue until the end of the mandate they gave him in the primaries on October 22 when he swept 92% of the votes and became in the figure capable of defeating Nicolás Maduro at the polls this year, despite the disqualification that this regime illegally and unconstitutionally imposed on him.
Under a strong sun and temperatures of 35 degrees, the candidate called a press conference this Monday in the street in front of her campaign command because there was not enough room among opposition leaders and activists who had gone to the Altamira urbanization in Caracas to express their unrestricted solidarity and support.
“There are millions of Venezuelans here who want change and who have voted in the primaries for my candidacy to defeat Maduro. There are no elections without me, that is, without the mandate of the people who voted to remove Maduro. And the regime has underestimated him,” Machado highlighted.
Rain or shine “we are going to elections this year and I am going to defeat Maduro, whether you like it or not, whether you want it or not, we are going to force him to face the polls,” he stressed, warning that after the disqualification “more obstacles and maneuvers will come.” to demoralize and divide us.”
Last Friday, which the opposition calls “red Friday,” the Chavista Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) issued a ruling against Machado and another separately against Henrique Capriles, banning his candidacy for 15 years under salleged charges of corruption and treason.
All jurists agree that the measure presents five nullity defects and that the affected candidate qualifies as the “criminal legal measure” to remove her from the electoral path.
Venezuelan opposition activist María Corina Machado spoke on Monday in front of her campaign command in Caracas. Photo: EFE
Negotiations on hold
María Corina did not want to reveal the strategy that she will maintain in the negotiation process in the process of the Barbados Agreements, with whose chief negotiator Gerardo Blyde she maintains daily conversations and with heads of external governments. “I am not going to anticipate our actions,” she said when asked by journalists.
The Vente Venezuela party founded by María Corina is not a member of the Barbados negotiating table but considers that it has been violated and the Maduro regime has not complied with the signed agreements.
“We are going to advance in the Barbados pact. The people that elected me will have a representation at the table. We are going to ensure that this mandate is respected at the negotiating table. “We are going to move forward in the midst of adversity in the midst of a negotiation of symmetries to win,” he said.
He assured that he will continue with his plan to train 600,000 activists (600K) to defend your candidacy at the voting stations. “I will send you the lines to train at the electoral school.” And he urged everyone to take the initiative to form their own “comandito” on each corner and block to strengthen the organization.
He said that the key to confronting the regime is strength and unity, although it may seem trite. “With our strength and organization we will achieve an incomparable balance against the Maduro regime to win the presidential elections.”
He thanked the foreign governments that have expressed their support and solidarity with their cause. “I haven't had enough to answer so many international phone calls,” and that “I hope much more come.”
Divisions in Chavismo?
He revealed that the base of Chavismo and the middle cadres of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) have expressed their support for his candidacy, which has made the dome tremble who is not resigned to leaving power.
He also said that the military supports change and transition in Venezuela, without the mere fact of wanting change for the country implying a conspiracy or coup attempts.
He spoke of retired soldiers and other active members that the regime has humiliated by parading them naked in the courtyard of the Caracas Military Academy. He said that everyone fits into his project of change but warned that the resentful, those who hate, the evil and those seeking revenge should abstain, with them “there is no place in our transition project.”
“Our fight is spiritual. “We are moved by compassion, justice and love,” she said.
Among the negotiation options that are on the horizon The candidate challenged Maduro to negotiate with her the elections. “Do not underestimate our strength.”
What stands out in her speech is the enthusiasm after the deluge produced by a blow such as the banning of her candidacy, which she believes will be reversed.
The judicial “Red Friday” served to promote the unity of the opposition, which has been reluctant and suspicious of supporting María Corina's candidacy despite the fact that she triumphed with 92% of the votes in the primaries.
All the leaders of the Unitary Platform and those who are not part of the coalition joined in supporting the candidate. There they were stoically enduring the solace and heat of the big drop with her until the end while she spoke to the press.
With the measure, the Maduro regime unified the opposition when it tried to divide it with the disqualification of María Corina, said the candidate.