Both the Communal Cities Law Project and the Special Economic Zones Law (LZEE), promoted by Nicolás Maduro’s regime, serve to continue destroying the country’s institutional apparatus. Both texts are a legal aberration through which the dictatorship intends to strip citizens of their constitutional rights.
This was asserted by the Deputy Deyalitza Aray, this Tuesday, May 8th, in the Delegate Commission where the intention of Nicolás Maduro’s regime to modify the institutional structure through the unconstitutional approval of the Special Economic Zones Law (LZEE, in Spanish) and the establishment of the Communes that replace the powers of the State was explained.
The parliamentarian pointed out that the purpose of the communal city is to substitute the exercise of the vote with an illegitimate process of raised hands, executed by community spokesmen who will follow the orders issued by the regime.
“All this apparatus and regulations seek to regulate the transfer, management and administration of the services of goods, of the resources of the national public power, and of the territorial political entities to a so-called “popular power”, which we well know is the political power to control, is the open violation of the autonomy of the states and municipalities, as well as the Federal structure that the Constitution has.”
She pointed out that the dictatorship seeks to create a parallel state by making socialism official as a doctrine, leaving the regional and municipal authorities as a kind of ‘jarrón chino’ (Display ornament)that will have no impact on the making of real decisions.
Furthermore, the Deputy María Beatriz Martínez, warned that the conception of the communal system is the denial of the right of participation, therefore, the referred system aims to eliminate universal, direct and secret vote.
Likewise, she considered that another of the intentions of the Law of Communal Cities is to totally eliminate political pluralism, because it responds exclusively to a socialist society and conditions its existence to a political partiality and the centralized control of its own existence.
“This pseudo Law and the entire communal system is absolutely illegitimate and constitutes the construction of a lie upon a lie that is useless, except to defraud the unwary and continue destroying our mangled institutionality.”
Deputy Luis Barragan, representing the ‘Julio 16’ Fraction, expressed his rejection of the Draft Law on Special Economic Zones (LZEE), which in his opinion is aimed at auctioning the resources that the country has left.
“This is a ‘misleading offer’ (trick deal) from Nicolás Maduro, who with little to no effort will absolutely decide those special economic zones, even to the smallest details, falsifying the free market and adulterating the Venezuelan hope to recover the channels of freedom, democracy and prosperity of this society with a quality of life with social equity and economic development.”
Law of Special Economic Zones is a project that mortgages the country for 10 years
At this same point of debate, the parliamentarian Williams Dávila took the stand and asserted that the Special Economic Zones Bill seeks to find fresh money to avoid the sanctions and all the international restrictions that apply to Nicolás Maduro’s regime for committing crimes against humanity and the violation of human rights, and developing a “black” economy, producing global economic destabilization through the export of laundered money through businesses that derive from drug trafficking.
“This is a harmful project that has origins in other economies and other cultures and does not take into consideration the reality of the Venezuelan people. It is the delivery of the country to foreign consortiums, it is forsaking the oil, minerals and tourism. It is a project that mortgages the country for 10 years.”
He assured that foreign investments will not come and national businessmen will not bring their funds from abroad, in his opinion, this system will work “as a kind of financial economic laundry, with its mathematics rigged to benefit drug trafficking and dirty businesses,” Dávila warned.
To conclude, Deputy Ismael García indicated that Maduro is trying to speed things up because he knows that at some point he has to leave, therefore, they must replace what the Constitution says, such as the popular, free, direct and secret vote for a assembly of assemblies regime, as they already did with the indigenous deputies on December 6th, 2020.
“In Venezuela, the deputies, mayors, governors or the president are not elected through an assembly of assemblies regime, that has been done in Cuba for more than 60 years. No Cuban could vote directly for Fidel, but rather what the communist party established for him to vote for until it reached the highest rank where some delegates decide the fate of that country.”
Furthermore, he pointed out that Venezuelans must defend the Constitution and for that reason he requested to hold a great debate inside and outside Venezuela on the intention of the regime to remain in power through the establishment of intermediate assemblies to be able to elect any public office.
“The power of the people cannot be confiscated, without power you are never a citizen, a society without power will never be democratic, a people without power is never the protagonist,” he concluded.