Opposition advocate cannot see any obstacles to amnesty in Venezuela
Deputy Edgar Zambrano, the middleman between the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and dissenters striving to release political prisoners, stays optimistic despite the remarks of the Solicitor General
Neither Edgar Zambrano, a congressman for opposition Acción Democrática (AD) party, nor the relatives of political prisoners and exiles have lost their hope for an amnesty.
He promised not to take issue with Solicitor General Cilia Flores, who reasserted on Monday that in Venezuela there are only officials convicted for crimes.
"We understand that the remark is a political statement," the parliamentarian commented.
He squeezed in the call to talks made by President Hugo Chávez shortly after his reelection.
"We have grasped such a call for dialogue, and it is imperative, as it happens in any smart society, for the sake of prisoners and exiles," Zambrano emphasized.
Lastly, he urged the Executive Office to make a soon as possible a decision for the release of prisoners for political reasons. For such purpose, he noted, the Solicitor General "is a very important factor."
They are marching in step to the same tune. There is a coordinated effort to position the idea. The Twitter hashtag #YoSoyVictimaDeLaGuarimba (I'm a victim of "guarimbas", or protest barricades) can be read on all pro-government Twitter accounts, including those of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the National Assembly's Press Office, the state-run food distribution network PDVAL, state airline Conviasa, the Venezuelan embassies in foreign countries, radio stations and the huge media network responsive to the Government's interests and messages.