Opposition Rejects Recall Referendum

Contrary to what the Democratic Unity Roundtable is pushing for, Adán Chávez considers that the request of that referendum is “a fake” and that the opposition’s aim is to impose violence and coup. The economic war, base of the aggression

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2016-10-03 | 14:21:19 EST

October 3, 2016

The first time I saw him he was Venezuela’s ambassador to Cuba. He had a photo of her gradndmother Inés in his office, who was refered to by the Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chávez, so many times. Thanks to him I got acquainted with the childhood of his brother Hugo. They both were raised by her grandmother, and that was my first approach to the man who changed the country’s destiny in 1999.

Then he had taken over as governor of Barinas, when I found him again shortly before the regional elections in November 2008, which resulted in an overwhelming victory for Chávez’s followers. His house was constantly visited by young activits of the Bolivarian movement.

Eight years later, Adán, who the youth still calls profe seems to be the same after so many years and events.

He is back in Cuba as chairman of the Center for Higher Studies on the endless Bolivarian President  and, as usual he is optimistic with faith in the struggle.

He has a flair for dialogue, and is kind enough to halt his bilateral meetings of the recently concluded International Seminar on the challenges of the proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as Zone of Peace, to receive the reporter.

Amid the vicissitudes the Revolution is undergoing, his replies could be unexpected; but Adán speaks honestly and convincingly.

-How do you assess the moment Venezuela is living today?

- Honestly, we should say that we are living a good moment after the situation originated by the elections last December, in which as we know the Venezuelan right-wing achieved an important victory in the National Assembly.

“Right after that we (the Bolivarians) started to review our policies; to assess our possible mistakes and the restructuring of the PSUV (United Socialist Party of Venezuela), which is still in progress. Likewise in the last rallies we have had against the right-wingers’ actions – who have tried to inflict a coup d’ état on the Revolution from the National Assembly –, the people continue to rectify. And I honestly say that the Bolivarian Revolution is living a good moment.

-Where do you think that the biggest challenges are?

-In a way it has to do with what I have been saying. We have advanced a lot in the Party restructuring, the union of our work forces, but we keep along the same way. We haven’t finished yet the restructuring of our internal force, the consolidation of our revolutionary leadership. We are still working on that.

“Likewise, regarding the Government administration, we are readjusting all the necessary plans with the support of sister nations though international agreements, to diversify our economy, which means not to depend on the oil revenues only. We are already implementing some of these plans for the agriculture output, for agro-industrial development, industry in all its areas...”

He does not play down the negative impact of the economic war orchestrated from the right-wing and business policies on the population.

“Last December, the right wing did not win in Venezuela, abstentionism did, since roughly 10% of the population, who have always voted for Chávez, decided not to vote: but it’s not a people in support of the opposition.”

-What is the importance of the economic war and the pressure for the referendum in the strategy followed by the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD)?

-We think that the opposition does not really want a recall referendum. It’s a fake. If they would believed in the recall referendum they would have started to apply for it since last January to comply with the established period of time so that this referendum would have been effective this year.

“They are, as we say, pussyfooting around. They know that the majority of the Venezuelan people is not going to support that referendum. The effects of the economic war influenced the results last December. But the people is rectifying, the ones who mistakenly did not went to vote that day realized what a Venezuelan fascist right-wing Government represents, what a coup d’ état against Chavez’s successor Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution represents.

“The majority of the people not voting that day, even the people who voted for the opposition has realized what it means, that right-wing onslaught trying to put an end to the achievements of the Revolution. The majority of the people does not approve of that. And they (the opposition) know it.

“For that reason I say that their call for the referendum is a fake. They’ll keep insisting on violence and on a coup d’ état.

“We have been solving important situations from the political viewpoint in the Government administration, we have overcome the economic war with all the plans to diversify our economy...The Government continues to strengthen, the revolutionary strength keeps alive on the streets, so we are not afraid of the referendum, we are not afraid of any electoral process, or any coup d’ état. The Venezuelan people and us, the ones responsible for leading this process, are ready to defend the Revolution.”

-Did the opposition try to provoke a governmental response to call for foreign intervention?

-That’s part of the plan. They are seeking some clash and try to drag some of our people down to provocations, they would like at least one dead in the demonstration they themselves call on the streets: they say they are of pacific character, but soon they try to create what we call guarimbas . They attempt, in their plans of violence, some clash, some situation of that kind which could justify a foreign intervention.

...Then, I recalled Chávez, one more. Those he always called pitiyankees.   

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