Henrique Capriles: April 19 is another stage of struggle

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CARACAS .- The coup d'état, the repression of security forces, the illegitimacy of Maduro’s regime and the electoral agenda are the issues that justify the planned mobilization nationwide in Venezuela on Wednesday, April 19, when the Venezuela’s Declaration of Independence was signed in 1810 and now marks a crucial moment for the Venezuelan opposition.

Henrique Capriles, opposition leader and governor of the state of Miranda, spoke of his projections for the coming months in an interview with Hispano Post. The opposition leader, recently disqualified for 15 years from aspiring to a popular election seat, describes without a shadow of doubt as a coup d’état the Supreme Court of Justice’s decision to seize the powers of the National Assembly.

Capriles now considers with no hesitation the current government a dictatorship.

"What makes this government a dictatorship and totally delegitimized? It is the thwart of the recall, denying the Venezuelans the exercise of their rights to decide whether they wanted the government to continue or the opportunity of a new election to have a new government that would end the period, that is, a transitional government," said the two-time presidential candidate.

The governor of Miranda sees differences between the protests in 2014, which left dead and hundreds of arrests, including Leopoldo López, an opposition leader. "I have seen firmness, indignation; there are not only middle class or wealthy people protesting; now there is no color or social class or party in the protests.”

"In 2014 we were not all united, today we are all united by the same cause, based on these four requests," said Capriles concerning the differences in the moment when the Venezuelan opposition seeks to push Nicolás Maduro’s government to meet their demands: respect for the parliament, humanitarian channel, release of political prisoners and free elections.

Regarding the electoral agenda, thwarted by the national government, Capriles says that former president of Spain José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero put the general elections proposal on the table in the failed attempts at dialogue. The proposal fell into oblivion due to the failure of the talks between the government, the opposition and the church.

In the recent arrests of leaders, government indictments and the repressive action of security forces, the expectation in the region is growing about the march to be held this April 19.

"On April 19 we desire to be the largest mobilization that has taken place in recent years throughout Venezuela, it will not only be in Caracas, it will be in the whole country," says Capriles.

"It is another stage to push the government to understand that the only way is to respect the constitution there is no other and that Venezuelans will not accept another path different from the constitutional respect."

The March to be held on April 19, which is expected to be the largest anti-government mobilization in recent years, will come from 26 concentration points in Caracas and nationwide, in every city of the country.

The so-called "mother of all marches" will begin after two weeks of protests that have left 6 dead and more than 500 arrests.

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