CARACAS – The deputy speaker of Venezuela’s National Assembly legislature, Freddy Guevara, told President Nicolas Maduro that he will not be one more hostage of his government after the ruling party’s alternative legislature, the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), authorized the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) to put him on trial.
“Mr. Nicolas Maduro, unfortunately for you I’m telling you we have decided not to offer you one more hostage that you can use for your human trafficking of false hope. We’ll never again fall in that trap and we won’t give you more tools to attack democracy,” Guevara said on a video released on Tuesday.
Last Friday, the TSJ asked that Guevara’s legislative immunity be lifted and that he tried for continued public incitement, crimes of association and other misdeeds, after which the Chilean Embassy granted him refuge out of fear for his safety.
The video has been aired on social media and was shot days before by Guevara’s team, because, as the opposition leader said in his statement, it “was foreseeable” that the TSJ and ANC would take action against him.
“Since late last year, Nicolas Maduro has threatened me through the media with prison... but in spite of that I kept fighting,” Guevara said in defending himself against accusations of the Attorney General’s Office and the TSJ.
He said he is supposedly being charged with crimes he never committed, but really for acts he gladly admits to.
“Yes I did call for protests, I did call people into the streets and I believe in civil disobedience. I called them and I’ll call again, and you’ll never convince me nor those who were in the streets nor the international community that we are guilty of you murderers (the government) killing us,” he said.