Venezuelan opposition violence will not intimidate the people

06.07.2017
The constitutional lawyer Hermann Escarrá stressed that the citizens support the call to the National Constituent Assembly because it has understood its function with greater clarity.
 
 "I have toured several of the States and the enthusiasm is impressive, growing stronger. The presidential departure of the convocation of the National Constituent Assembly for peace and for a different superior dialogue has now been understood more clearly; And the people are backing that, giving it a lot of legitimacy," he said in an interview on the Sunday show, José Vicente Hoy, broadcast by Televen.
In his opinion, the Constituent Power was activated to go to a superior dialogue, after the opposition rejected in different opportunities the approach to a political dialogue with the Executive. "What would be that superior dialogue? A situation where the dialogues are not chosen by the government or the Democratic roundtable Unity (MUD), but directly by the people. That is, a constituent process" - he said.
 
The professor said that he has received information that some "intermediate leaders" of the opposition registered in the Constituent Assembly, whose election of candidates will be made this July 30. "In such a way that we are going to have an opposition presence but with different faces, without a doubt, and that is good, it is plausible," he said.
 
The constituent processes always produce the new pages of history. "The side that wins the Constituent Assembly can take a series of measures that are not absolute, because there are limits, but undoubtedly, it will have a supra power that is above all the constituted power, since it is an originating power, that resides in the people.
 
 Escarrá believes that in the opposition there are several sectors: an eschatological one, which wants to get rid of the president Nicolás Maduro at any cost; another that tends to be radical, and one, which in his opinion is majority, is sensible, serious and has the disposition, desire and longing "that we understand each other from differences."
 
 The constitutionalist lawyer maintains the importance of some sectors adverse to the government joining the Constituent assembly to work for the national good. "We do not have to go to hand-to-hand combat between brothers, families; we have to call for peace" - he added.
 
 He pointed out that the constituent process is being convened, not only in Venezuela, when there are serious political situations. He said that in the country has had throughout its history 16 constituent processes, 12 constitutional reforms and two amendments. He rejected the threats of a sector so that the people do not go to vote on July 30 and stressed that, according to what he perceives, citizens will not be intimidated and will go to the polls for peace and dialogue. 
 
Note: Hermann Escarrá is a constitutional lawyer and former Venezuelan constituent. He is currently a member of the Presidential Commission for the National Constituent Assembly.