Sumate leaders charged and prohibited from leaving the country

November 7, 2005


Continuing
in its attempt to intimidate and block the opposition just prior to the
upcoming elections for the National Assembly, a Judge decided tonight to
charge four of the Directors of Sumate for conspiracy against the Government.
The charge comes form receiving funds from the National Endowment for Democracy
for electoral education. Sumate has been a thorn in the Government’s shoe as it
activities allowed the opposition to gather the signatures to be able to call
for the recall of Hugo Chavez. Sumate has unveiled all of the problems with the
electoral process in Venezuela
and its leaders have been
going around the world
presenting this document (in English here) about
the State of Democracy in Venezuela. In
contrast to the Government that uses State funds for party activities without accountability, Sumate
has provided all of its financial information on the web, including contracts with funding
agencies
, as well as its
financials
.

This is simply another fascist act by the Government: find a way to criminalize
the opposition activities in order to stop them and intimidate them. The
Prosecutor handling the case is Prosecutor Luisa Ortega, who has taken over
most of the responsibilities that Danilo Anderson used to have of handling
political cases. Meanwhile, all accusations against the Government, including
murders, abuse of power and corruption are simply shelved or
“decided” by a Judiciary that is totally controlled by the Government.

Did I forget to say some people claim this is still a democracy?

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