Hugo Pérez Hernáiz
We have looked at some of the reactions by the opposition to the dialogue sessions with the government. As the talks enter their third session this Thursday, we review some of the most important reactions by government leaders and supporters.
After the first session on April 11, President Nicolas Maduro struck a conciliatory tone by praising the will of the opposition to “finally come to dialogue,” and invited the students to participate. He also expressed willingness to look into the claims of human rights violations made by the opposition and several non-governmental organizations; but he denied that such cases are part of a state policy.
Despite participating in the first dialogue session, National Assembly president Diosdado Cabello has been the most outspoken critic from the government side. He actually shared his views during the first meeting, when he called Capriles an “assassin” via Twitter while the latter was speaking. The next day Cabello addressed supporters with a fiery speech in which he said “the people should rest assured that in there [dialogue sessions] there is no negotiation [with the opposition].” He also said that the opposition leaders sitting in the talks “are the same ones that attempted the coup d’état of 2002, not one of them has changed, not even in their willingness.”