This Tuesday morning, December 22th, leaders of the COPEI ODCA party met at the doors of the United Nations program (UNDP), to demand the prompt release of the president of the Christian Democratic Party, and confirmed that he has been kidnapped for 4 years by Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship, and as a consequence, locked in the Chilean embassy in the capital city requesting asylum.
Meanwhile, the party’s general secretary, Robert García, stated that: “When a series of political prisoners were released, the president of COPEI was not in the list, but I understand that the UN and the Commission on Rights Humans have worked on this issue and they know perfectly the case of Copei (Christian Democrats) and the case of Roberto Enríquez, that is why we are here today asking for your support to achieve the freedom of our national president.”
García recalled that the party has been intervened, like AD, VP and PJ. “It was not enough to intervene the party, but they also persecuted Roberto Enríquez and today he is charged of treason and rebellion by a military court.”
He stressed that Enríquez was one of the first civilians who the regime tried to prosecute before a military court, like the organization, which was one of the first persecuted parties, and was the test case that the dictatorship then used to later implement this in the other organizations.
Accompanying this request, also participated the executive secretary of the Superior Council of Christian Democracy in Venezuela, Lorenzo Tovar, who announced that Enriquez has almost been 4 years away from his family and “that has an important element for us.”
“The Superior Council of Christian Democracy with its adherent political organizations (Copei, Proyecto Venezuela, Convergencia), are requesting the freedom of Roberto Enríquez,” said Tovar.
Likewise, was present the representative of the ODCA, Enrique Naime, who expressed his gratitude to the Chilean government for hosting President Roberto Enríquez for 4 consecutive years. Also, he extended his thanks to President Michelle Bachelet and the current president Sebastián Piñera.