The Aus-Venezuelan community appeal to the Aus. Gov. to condemn Venezuelan Dictatorship
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What is currently occurring in Venezuela is nothing short of a humanitarian crisis caused by a corrupt government and broken democracy.
Since the collapse of oil prices, the economy has truly reached its breaking point with hyperinflation and rampant shortages of food and medicine. The legs have swept from beneath the corrupt regime and the poor and vulnerable have paid the price.
Venezuela has received increasing coverage from international media, such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, the ABC (Aus.) and others, but this is still not enough. Many people are still unaware of the unfolding crisis, and foreign aid has been blocked by the government.
On the 30th of March 2017, the Venezuelan Supreme Court stripped the country’s National Assembly of its independent power to enact laws, assign contracts and incur foreign debts, handing this power to the totalitarian president Nicholas Maduro. Despite winning the National Assembly election, the opposition party now has no political power. Through this, the last vestiges of Venezuela’s democracy have been torn down; leaving what is not just an authoritarian regime, but an outright dictatorship.
Until today, the government continues to violently repress peaceful demonstrations across the country and censor the media, resulting in the deaths of many protesters and the political imprisonment of many without trial.
There have been more than 113 fatalities (updated as of 30/07/17) as well as hundreds of other injured people during the last 120 days of continuous protests, all of them basically young students. Their deaths, are results of uncontrolled violence from the police and government supported militia that denies demostrators the chance to protest peacefully for their right to a stable future and a democratic government. On top of it all, and during the progress of the 30J legislative illegal elections (ANC), additional 16 more people were killed by the military forces in Venezuela and the blood shedding continues on along all Venezuelan's streets by these regime and its militia.
Because of the above, the Venezuelan-Australian community respectfully request to The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, and the Opposition Leadet Bill Shorten to bring the case of Venezuela to the attention of the Australian Parliament and stand up in defence of the Venezuelan democracy and the human rights of the Venezuelan people.
By supporting this cause and urging it to proceed for a discussion as a point of order at the Australian Parliament, the Australian government, represented by Hon Primer Minister Malcolm Turnbull and The Opposition Leader Bill Shorten can directly stand for Venezuela and:
a) Condemn the attempts against Venezuela 's Constitutionally elected Legislative Assembly by Nicolas Maduro Regime
b) Do not to recognise the results from the ilegal, unconstitutional and fraudulent ANC election to undermine the People Elected Venezuelan National Assembly and its Parliament members
c) Set a clear position and raise the profile of this humanitarian crisis both within Australia and internationally
d) Discuss foreign aid and NGO funding options in order to help alleviate food and medicine shortages.
This action will also place more pressure on the Venezuelan Government to:
a) Immediately open humanitarian aid channels in order to alleviate the medicine and food shortage
b) Respect the right to protest peacefully
c) Immediately restore the democratic power of the Venezuelan National Assembly
d) Release all political prisoners and stop continued imprisonment or prevention of opposition political leaders from running for office.
e) Encourage the Venezuelan Government and National Electorate Council (CNE) to establish electoral calendar
The Venezuelan community is deeply grateful for your compassion and support in this matter. Whilst the voice of one is barely audible above the dim of the crowd, the voice of many united behind a single cause can create true change. We must speak for those who cannot and help those in need.
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