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Rupture or Continuity

By Luis Manuel Aguana

After the National Assembly made official the cohabitation with Nicolás Maduro's regime with the approval of the Agreement of Tuesday October 1st, the former Ambassador to the UN, Diego Arria, published in his twitter account the following message: "This reality places all of us to choose: Break or continuity" (see I am sure Dr. Arria was very clear in the depth of the short but forceful expression "Rupture or Continuity". But what I am most sure of is that Venezuelans have not yet come to understand its profound meaning. And I say this not only because of the little echo that tweet received, but because Arria has been saying the same thing about the same actors for years, and Venezuelans still keep hitting each other with the same wall, getting the same results, Einstein dixit.

During the 2012 primaries, Diego Arria publishes a wedge for the closing of his presidential pre-candidate campaign with these words: "Venezuelans, I feel compelled to speak to you with absolute frankness: I have fundamental differences with those who participate in the primary process. They think it is possible to govern with the powers kidnapped by the regime. I don't. I represent the rupture. It's now or never. Vote for me. In my hands the victory will not be lost." (see in Spanish Diego Arria: La Ruptura, in

But the Venezuelan opposition did not believe in Arria or all of us who thought at the time that the regime would impede change, as it did, remaining in power. Venezuelans trusted that Henrique Capriles would defend the victory. I won't remember Capriles' sad expression of telling us to dance salsa and stay in the houses "because there would be deaths," when the people demanded that he defend the votes. More than 7 very long years have passed since then, with not only more deaths, but with the famine and exodus that followed. If any lesson had to be learned from that time to this part is that it is not possible to tolerate the regime, but much less to govern with the powers kidnapped by them, as Diego Arria said premonitorily in 2012.

And who participated in those primaries that thought it was possible to govern with the kidnapped powers? Surprise! The same people who approved the agreement of October 1, 2019, which seeks to establish what they agreed to in Barbados and continued in Caracas, and which goes exactly in the same line of co-governing with the criminals who have destroyed Venezuela, namely, among others: 1) Simultaneous resignation of Maduro and Guaidó to their respective positions of "Presidents"; 2) Establishment of a Transitional Government shared with the regime at 50%; 3) Incorporation of the deputies of the PSUV to the National Assembly (which has already been fulfilled), followed by the dismantling of the Constituent of the regime (which has not happened, nor do I believe will happen); 4) Negotiated agreement of new Rectors for the National Electoral Council-CNE, which includes a supposed "purging" of the Electoral Registry as an attractive bait for the population, in an attempt to convince Venezuelans that the process will be clean.
When that Agreement of the National Assembly speaks of Transition, IT IS THAT TRANSITION OF COGOVERNMENT WITH THE REGIME to which it refers, not of the Transitional Government established in the mantra of January 23 without the delinquents of Maduro. Watch out for that! How I would like Juan Guaidó to disprove this.

That's what's coming down on us Venezuelans. And since it is already an Agreement of the National Assembly, what can be expected then is elections. I will not bother you again by saying that the counter to this barbarity is to call a Popular Plebiscite Consultation because I have already explained it in previous notes. This would be a proposal that can be accepted or not. What I want to mean is whether we Venezuelans will continue to make comparisons to those who continue to insist on governing with criminals. That is my concern.

And the issue cannot be dismissed with the common ground that the alternative is a civil war or a military coup. No. The alternative is whether or not Venezuelans choose the continuity of this governing garbage or definitively break with it. Rupture or Continuity. If we decide to continue accepting Political Agreements with tyranny or fight against it. If we group around those who want to continue cohabiting with the regime or all of us group against those who want to end it. It's that simple.

Since 2012, Venezuelans have been stumbling around because there has never been a clear awareness of this problem. Diego Arria represented, as he said in that wedge, the rupture with that reality from that moment, and that has been verified as our current magnified reality. Few Venezuelans have been as clear about what was going to happen in Venezuela as he was. No other pre-candidate established it so clearly even though he had consolidated political organizations that supported them. But the direct and true discourse of experience was not sold. The youth and charming of a candidate who folded his legs at the first sign of change were preferred. We have paid for that error in the 2012 primaries and we Venezuelans continue to pay dearly for it.

Now again Venezuela faces as yesterday a reality. What will we do? Will we sleep with the criminals in a new election "to avoid more deaths", Capriles dixit 2012? Or will we begin to believe that there will be - on the contrary - many more dead if we allow criminals to co-govern Venezuela? In which leaderships will we begin to believe and continue to definitely get out of tyranny and regain freedom? I do not say that this will be easy and that our serious problems will end tomorrow, but I assure you that it will be much more difficult if we do it with traitors and with people who have not shown that they speak clearly to the country. That's why from now on I sign up, as I scored in the 2012 primary for the Rupture. And I think Venezuela should do the same at this time.

Caracas, October 5, 2019


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