The political analyst of elestado.net, Federico Ruiz Tirado, interviews the candidate for the National Assembly of Venezuela Carola Chávez, with whom she discusses the political, social, cultural and economic significance of the legislative elections to be held in the South American nation on December 6.
Federico Ruiz Tirado (FRT). How do you see the country facing the December 6 elections, taking into account the sanctions, the blockade and the population resisting and confronting these imperial actions, but with the conviction to move forward and remembering Chávez, who warned many times that could all this come?
Carola Chávez (CC). Calling elections in these times of blockade is an act of courage and democratic conviction. The people of Venezuela must go out to vote with one hand squeezing their neck.
Those who squeeze and suffocate speak at the same time of “free elections“Conveniently ignoring that a people subjected to the extortion of a blockade has their freedom to choose subjected to suffering.
If we choose the one we want, the gringos will punish us with sanctions, if we choose the one the gringos want they will punish us with their revenge and with the application of the wildest, most devastating capitalism, so that if we manage to survive and regain power, no there would be nothing, nothing, nothing to build the country we want.
But we go to elections, burdened by a complicated daily life, but convinced that the Chavista path is the only one that allows us to advance towards social justice, even if it is carrying a baton.
FRT. Certainly there is a war against the people of Venezuela, although many media around the world distort the information and say that Nicolás Maduro is a cruel and ruthless dictator.
In a country that is attended by a sector of the opposition, which asks and promotes sanctions that have cost a lot and that make us all suffer, Chavistas and non-Chavistas; a country that has been attacked in many ways, but mainly its economy, its income, people’s day-to-day life, wages, food supplies, medicines, fuel.
If we choose the one we want, the gringos will punish us with sanctions, if we choose the one the gringos want they will punish us with their revenge and with the application of the wildest, most devastating capitalism, so that if we manage to survive and regain power, no there would be nothing, nothing, nothing to build the country we want. Carola Chavez.
There is a National Assembly, the one elected in 2015, which forgot its role, that of legislating, which leaves no balance, nothing approved, nothing done for the benefit of the people. How do you think the new National Assembly should act to give the country what it needs?
DC. A new Assembly that accompanies the Chavista revolution with laws that dismantle the bourgeois legal structure that ends up working against us as an obstacle course. I hope to be there and raise my hand to approve new, daring, original proposals, ours, that shield our revolution and, of course, the popular power that is the heart of all this.