Officials from the Comptroller General’s Office will be vigilant, as usual, over two marches scheduled for Saturday, September 5 “to keep watch, because the government, through its security forces, can guarantee the people’s right to protection.”
Comptroller General Gabriela Ramirez made the announcement during the Venezuelan Radio National (RNV) program “The Voice of the Comptroller.” Ramirez emphasized that “citizens who wish to make a formal complaint can do so at our headquarters,” according to the press release.
The groups that will demonstrate on Saturday are welcome to express their ideas and participate in activities within the scope of the law, the Comptroller continued, while respecting the boundaries of the rights of others.
Ramirez stated that the Venezuelan government seeks to keep the peace for all citizens during the demonstration.
Nevertheless, she explained: “Some would make it seem like the government does not accept dissidence, when in reality the government has maintained order in response to violent acts of small opposition groups that promote a climate of anxiety.”
Ramirez made the above assertion in reference to demonstrations held recently by opposition groups to protest, among other things, the approval of the Organic Law for Education. A few private media outlets are perpetrating the myth that the State would suppress people for exercising their right to protest.
Ramirez noted that the same opposition sectors, to date, have registered around 1,500 demonstrations in the country while at the same time waging a media campaign to accuse the government of criminalizing protest.
Bolivarian News Agency, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States