The government of Nicolás Maduro and the Venezuelan right-wing opposition met their first encounter with the purpose of ceasing the two months of protests in the country. At the meeting, which began off the scheduled time, both sides crossed accusations on television for nearly six hours without specifying any concrete proposals.
Maduro started his speech with recriminations to opponents by radical sectors calls for his overthrow and asked them `a condemnation to violence as a way of doing politics, and strategy as a way to change governments.´
For his part, Henrique Capriles, former presidential candidate of the opposition, refuted that `Venezuela is in a very critical situation.´ Regarding the Government in power, Capriles assured: `Neither we want a coup d’etat nor want a social explosion (…) we want this problem be solved (…) we respect the Constitution, let’s drop the repression.´
As demand and requirement of the opposition in accordance with the Government, `in order to all Venezuela see it all and there is no misunderstanding,´ the meeting was mandatory broadcasted completely by radio and television.