In Venezuela the bishops call on the population to discern "to restore the democratic rights of the nation"

“The Venezuelan people certainly aspire to a peaceful change in the situation, a change for which they want to express themselves through the vote, under fair, equitable and equal conditions for the parties. "

À on the occasion of the first Sunday of Advent, the Permanent Council of the Episcopal Conference of Venezuela addressed a message to the "people of God" in which they denounce the legislative elections called by the Nicolás Maduro regime on December 6.

The bishops do not think that this is the best way to solve the country's problems and declare that "the electoral holding demanded on December 6, far from contributing to the democratic solution of the political situation we are living today , tends to make it worse ”.

The episcopate calls on politicians and various civil society organizations to continue their efforts by working "to restore the democratic rights of the nation".

The bishops evoke the importance of the popular consultation reports theAgenzia Fides, encouraging citizens to express “their own opinion”.

“People have the full right to express themselves through the legitimate channels guaranteed by the Constitution, by expressing their own opinion as a genuine social subject. "

In particular, they encourage Venezuelans to “take a serious discernment that leads us to seek a just, peaceful, democratic and negotiated resolution among all Venezuelans to the multifaceted crisis that is hitting Venezuela. "

In their message, the bishops invite the people to put the "common good first" to work for "the unity, peace and prosperity of the nation".

They evoke "a peaceful change of the situation" which would require a vote under "just, equitable and equal conditions".

“The Venezuelan people certainly aspire to a peaceful change in the situation, a change for which they want to express themselves through the vote, under fair, equitable and equal conditions for the parties. Otherwise, turning our backs on each other, without recognizing and accepting each other, any result will strengthen the confrontation more than the sincere search for a solution in which all participate. Without meeting each other, without recognizing each other and without having an authentic dialogue, no solution leading to well-being and fraternity can be found. "

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