During his TV show on public television, Con el Mazo Dando, the president of the National Assembly and vice-president of the PSUV, Diosdado Cabello, said that he will ask the General Attorney to investigate Ramón Muchacho, Mayor of Chacao municipality, and Julio Borges, National Assembly deputy for Primero Justicia, for the crimes of Treason to the Fatherland (Traición a la Patria).
Muchacho and Borges recently participated in the summer forum of the conservative Fundación para el Análisis de Estudios Sociales (FAES) in Spain, where they made harsh criticisms of the Maduro government.
In his TV show, Cabello showed videos of both opposition leaders claiming that the opposition is the victim of persecution and harassment by government officials.
For Cabello these claims, made in an international forum, amount to a “smear campaign against Venezuela directed from abroad.” The final aim of the campaign would be, according to Cabello, “to distort the internal situation [of Venezuela] in order to justify of a foreign intervention.”
Cabello claims that the declarations by Muchacho and Borges are tantamount to the crime of Treason to the Fatherland. He compared the declarations of the opposition leaders to those made by Maria Corina Machado at the Organization of American States in March this year. Machado failed to intervene at the OAS as temporal representative of Panamá, but her attempt was used by Cabello to justify her dismissal from the National Assembly.
(Image from Venezolana de Televisión)