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For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2019
Media Contact:
Nikki Whiting


County Commission approves Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.’s resolutions condemning the Maduro regime’s charges against deputies of the National Assembly & opposing CODEPINK’s illegal occupation at the Venezuelan embassy

MIAMI – On May 21, 2019, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners unanimously supported Commissioner Bovo’s resolutions condemning the Maduro regime’s charges of treason and rebellion against National Assembly Deputies, and condemning the Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective, including CODEPINK, and its illegal occupation of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C.

In May of 2019, the oppressive Maduro regime charged eleven National Assembly deputies with treason and rebellion and lifted the deputies’ parliamentary immunity for their alleged participation in a military uprising, including interim President Juan Guaidó and Vice President Edgar Zambrano. A few days later, the National Assembly deputies, which were scheduled to discuss the charges against their colleagues and Zambrano’s arrest, were prevented from entering the National Assembly.

“One year ago yesterday, Maduro held fraudulent and sham elections. Article 233 of the Venezuelan Constitution declares the head of the National Assembly as President in the event of a head of state vacancy. Without a democratically elected head of state, Guaido, which was selected as head of the National Assembly, assumed the presidency on January 23, 2019,” Commissioner Bovo said. “I applaud the Commission for continuously standing with the rightful and interim president Juan Guaido, the National Assembly, and the freedom-seeking people of Venezuela in opposing the Maduro regime’s illegal actions. I also want to thank my colleagues for supporting my resolution condemning the Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective and CODEPINK for defending the Maduro regime by invading the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. It is my hope, that sooner rather than later, Venezuela will rise from the abyss of Maduro’s despotic dictatorship.”