Personalities call on EU to respect election in Venezuela

Brussels - Tens of political, scientific, and cultural personalities are standing out as the first to sign a petition launched today to urge the European Union (EU) to respect the results of the parlamentarian election in Venezuela.

'If the EU truly betted on being a vehicle for peace in a world of turmoil, it should not support violence and clashes in Venezuela. Therefore, we urge it to respect the results of the upcoming Dec. 6 election and support the democratic will of Venezuelans,' says the text posted on social media.

Former Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, Nobel Peace Prize Adolfo Perez Esquivel, British musician Roger Waters, French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, intellectuals Ignacio Ramonet and Atilio Boron and Brazilian theologian Frei Betto are some of the personalities who signed the petition sent to Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The call to respect sovereingty and self-determination of the Venezuelan people also includes the denounciation of U.S. pressures and their objective to impose a regime change in this South American country.

This alignment with Washington's falcon policy is a serious sign of abdication of an independent foreign policy that was exhibited in a number of speeches of intent, the call alerts, in allusion to Eu's position in the face of the election.

In that sense, the personalities regretted that this bloc decided to reject the invitation of the Venezuelan State to send observers to guarantee the proper unfolding of the election.

'Despite the repeated calls of Venezuela to hold talks, the European Union refused to accept this new democratic consensus,' politicians, members of Parliament, journalists, human rights defenders, writers, scholars, economists, professors and film-makers from different countries questioned the document.

Those who signed recalled that this year, discussions between the government and the opposition decided to resume the constitutional path have led to the establishment of new electoral warranties, accepted by the political trends involved in the process.

They showed the democratic character of the Dec.6 parlamentarian election with the figures: 107 parties in the race and 14,400 candidates for the 277 seats in Parliament.

More personalities are expected to support this iniciative addressed to the EU in the next days.

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