Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro remembered Mahatma Gandhi, the hero of the Indian independence movement. He did so by granting amnesty to more than 100 opposition deputies and colleagues of opposition leader Juan Guaido. During this, Maduro said that forgiveness leads to peace.
The declaration of amnesty comes a day after the December elections, demanding the offer made for “reconciliation” and “dialogue”.
As a result, more than 20 opposition MPs accused of conspiring against Maduro were pardoned ahead of the legislative elections in December.
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Lawmaker Freddy Guevara, who asked for an apology by the president’s decision, sought asylum at the Chilean diplomatic residence. There is also Roberto Marrero, who was chief of staff to opposition leader and congressman Juan Guido.
All of these people had participated in a failed uprising in 2019, which tried to persuade the military to withdraw support for Maduro but failed to convince senior commanders. After that, some of these people were put in prison, while others applied for diplomatic asylum or are in exile.
Opposition leaders say Maduro’s 2018 re-election was fraudulent and recognized Guido as the legitimate president. More than 50 other countries, including the United States, sued him.
America rejected the apology
The United States warned Tuesday not to cheat Maduro’s forgiveness by calling it a “token” measure.
Michael Kozak, assistant secretary of the Western Hemisphere Division at the US State Department, tweeted: “Neither the Venezuelan people nor the international community should be fooled by these symbolic and transparent acts.”
Kojak stressed: “Remember that Maduro arbitrarily jailed 100 of the political prisoners.”
Maduro’s latest ploy to make the upcoming elections look “free and fair” is to conditionally release some unjustly imprisoned political prisoners in the first place.
Political prisoners are not free when they are subjected to harassment and are forced to cover a ridiculous election.
– Michael G. Kozak (@WHAAsstSecty) September 1, 2020
Guido and the main opposition leaders have already pledged to boycott the elections due to a lack of transparency.
Please say that in January 2019, the President of the National Assembly, Guido challenged Maduro’s authority by declaring himself interim president. Not only that, it has also gained the support of over 50 countries including the United States.
As such, US President Donald Trump has been a staunch supporter of Guido and pressured the left-wing Maduro regime through a series of sanctions.
Washington also accused Maduro of “narco-terrorism” and paid him a bounty of $ 15 million.