The statements of President Lenin Moreno reveal his concern about the situation of the “political prisoners” in Venezuela. Likewise, these mark a change in the position of the Ecuadorian Government towards the neighboring country, according to experts. Contrary to his previous statements, in which he showed himself cautious, Moreno said Monday night through a television message that “the situation Venezuela is going through is worrisome.”
The president lamented the deaths occurred during the current social outbreak in Venezuela. Protests against the government of Nicolás Maduro have left at least 122 dead and nearly 2,000 injured in the last four months. “Above all rights, above any ideological or political position, life is sacred and untouchable. The death of human beings is a fact we must regret and energetically reject.”
Argentine sociologist Ariel Goldstein described Moreno’s statements as accurate and pointed out that the Latin American left must review the situation in Venezuela, promote the dialogue and a democratic deliberation between the government and the opposition.
“The value that can be given to the social achievements of Chavism does not imply being complicit with their current authoritarian tendencies,” he added. Lilian Tintori, the wife of the imprisoned Venezuelan opponent Leopoldo López, also reacted to Moreno’s pronouncement. “Thank you President of Ecuador @Lenin. Your support and that of all Ecuador is fundamental right now for Venezuela,” she wrote on Twitter. (I)