Vielma Mora: "We need much democracy in Venezuela"
There is the need "seize the timing and become important citizens who will elect their authorities"
Candidate for ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Psuv) running for Táchira state governor, José Gregorio Vielma Mora, made an appeal to "seize the timing to become important citizens who will elect their authorities and later request them to do the right thing for Táchira state."
"This is why I am here; asking you eagerly to go out and vote your favorite candidate. Abstention must be reduced; even though it is too high in local elections, such a custom should be broken as it endangers local political criteria," he cautioned.
About the sudden shutdown of the Venezuela-Colombia border on Saturday afternoon, he acknowledged that had not queried into the situation, and talked instead on potential bilateral relations if elected Táchira state governor.
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.