The decision of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) to accept a pre-trial process against Luisa Ortega Díaz, the Attorney General of the Republic, is another step in the path towards dictatorship in its purest form by the government of Nicolás Maduro. It is also a clear message to any other leader or official of the chavista regime who dares to oppose the reigning authoritarianism in the country.
Ortega Díaz has been targeted by the maduro-cabellista government from the moment she decided to act institutionally. Her differences are not new as some may believe. They started after December 6, 2015, when the majority of Venezuelans voted for the candidates of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) opposition coalition to the Parliament (aka National Assembly).
Now we learn that Ortega Díaz opposed the appointment of the Supreme Court "judges" expressly selected by the government of Nicolás Maduro and violating all the laws on the subject by the Parliament presided over by Diosdado Cabello until January 2016. But also throughout the past year, she had distanced herself from the atrocities committed by the government of Maduro, which cost her not to chair the so-called Republican Moral Council.
Her decision to denounce the rupture of the constitutional thread by the TSJ was a big blow against the maduro-cabellista regime and the spark that set off the protests that citizens have been staging nationwide for nearly three months.
But she did not stay there and the last few weeks has continued to expose to the world the authoritarian nature of the Government. Her rejection of the way how it intends to impose a constituent assembly that is completely illegal is something that has resonated around the world.
This was surely a hit below the belt for the regime in power.
In addition to this, there is her request of dismissal of TSJ judges elected in a fraudulent manner, the same that have been responsible for circumventing the will of the people since December 2015. What we already knew, that these judges don’t even comply with the legal requirements to hold public office, was put in evidence by Ortega Díaz.
The Attorney General has been denouncing the lack of institutions in the country. She has been laying stress on the need to comply with what is mandated by the Constitution and the law. That is an act of subversion against the maduro-cabellismo government, as it is intolerable for Maduro and his minions any dissident voice in Venezuelan society. Ortega Díaz knows the "monster" inside out and what it is capable of, and now she is getting a taste of her own medicine. It is time to set aside differences and not attempt to settle old scores.
Today we have to support the huge step taken by the Attorney General of Venezuela.