The Venezuelan Episcopal Conference demanded that Nicolás Maduro’s regime allow free and democratic elections to form a new government to lead Venezuela out of the general chaos.
“We demand, once again, authentic free and democratic elections to constitute a new government of change and national inclusion that will allow us to build the country we all want,” reads the statement published by the institution on Friday.
It also described as “immoral” any maneuver that hinders the social and political solution of the real problems. He also said that the regime is consolidating itself as a totalitarian government, justifying that it cannot hand over power to someone who thinks differently.
“While dictatorial guidelines are hardening, the people are suffering,” it added.
The Conference insisted that Maduro’s dictatorship persecutes those who denounce its abuses and those who fight for a democratic and prosperous Venezuela.
The organization highlighted its concern for the position of the National Armed Forces, under the command of the dictatorship: “Far from being at the service and defense of the people, they have chosen to continue to side with a political ideology.”
The Episcopal Conference also warned about the progressive deterioration of the Venezuelan political situation, highlighting the impoverishment of a large percentage of the population suffering from hunger and unemployment.
“We are aware, and we reaffirm today, that the serious problems of the country cannot be solved but only with substantial changes that respect the law, the institutions and the autonomy of the public powers,” it added.
Finally, the Conference invited all social sectors to join in the action to renew the country and achieve the democracy that all Venezuelans want.