Venezuela's most important human rights organization, PROVEA, on October 23, 2016 declared that the Maduro government had broken with the Constitutional order and from October 20, 2016 on could be considered a full blown dictatorship. Below is PROVEA's reasoning.No es tiempo de silencio ni de inhibiciones, sino de defender la Constitución y la democracia frente al arrebato dictatorial y autoritario— PROVEA (@_Provea) October 23, 2016
The Venezuelan Education-Action Program on Human Rights (PROVEA) is an organization that has gained respectability for its 28 years of existence due to the credibility of its analyzes and denunciations. With the seriousness and responsibility that characterizes us, we share the following position to public opinion: Following the illegal suspension of the process of the realization of the recall referendum, ratifying the absence of independence of the powers in the country, the government of Nicholas Maduro should be described as a dictatorship. We are not in the presence of simple delays of the process, but of the interruption and obstruction of any electoral process as long as the government can not obtain favorable results in the polls.Venezuela is in agony and on the brink of completing its transition into a full blown totalitarian dictatorship. On Sunday July 30, 2017 the Maduro regime will conduct a sham vote to empower a pro-Maduro body with the power to eliminate the legislative assembly dominated by the opposition.
Violence is escalating, and Maduro's repressive forces are kidnapping elected officials who do not support the regime. In the above tweet Gabriel Lugo, a Venezuelan human rights defender, reports: "The dictatorhip has kidnapped Mayor Alfredo A Ramos and he is being held at the headquarters of the SEBIN (Maduro's secret police) on 60th street after being detained in the Municipal Palace." Peaceful demonstrators continue to be killed by the Bolivarian National Guard and Cuban trained colectivos.9:00 PM| La dictadura tiene secuestrado al Alc @AlfredoARamos en la sede del SEBIN (Calle 60) tras ser detenido en en el Palacio Municipal— Gabriel Lugo (@gabrielglugo) July 28, 2017
|Gustavo Villamizar, 18years old, a victim of the Maduro regime|
|Venezuelans nonviolently resist, their rebelliousness visible throughout the country|
Wuilly returned to the streets and was arbitrarily detained on Thursday, July 27, 2017. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation reported on July 28, 2017: "Today, Wuilly has been tortured. According to his lawyer, his hair has been burned and he has been beaten so that he cannot hear through his right ear." This is a matter of great concern because he is still healing from the injuries suffered at the hands of Maduro's repressive forces last Saturday. The Maduro regime has outlawed public protests in the lead up to the "vote" they have announced they are going to hold on Sunday.(Video) Ni PERDIGONES NI METRAS nos detendrán de seguir luchando hasta lograr la INDEPENDENCIA DE VENEZUELA. Mañana vuelvo a las CALLES... pic.twitter.com/aZHnmv7Hgt— WuillyMoisésArteaga (@WuillyArteaga) July 22, 2017
Venezuela has been a dictatorship for a while now. Maduro and his Cuban allies are cementing the mortar that will maintain it for a long time to come. Venezuelans are right to protest while their cage is being built that if completed, like the Cuban one, can last a very long time.