HAVANA TIMES – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that the National Constituent Assembly, whose members were elected on Sunday, will be used to bring the opposition leadership to justice and sent to jail.
Maduro said that one of the first decisions of the Assembly will be to establish a Truth Commission with a plenipotentiary powers to bring to justice several of its opponents, including some deputies who currently have parliamentary immunity.
“Justice, justice and peace go together, only through justice will we achieve peace,” he said.
The election of the Constituent Assembly was held after almost four months of protests against the Maduro government that have left more than a hundred dead, a balance for which both sides blame each other.
Maduro pointed to the opposition leaders Julio Borges and Henry Ramos Allup to have been responsible for the violent demonstrations over the last months.
Despite these criticisms, Maduro said he was willing to open a dialogue “with good Venezuela”, but warned that several of his adversaries could end up in jail.
“If you continue with your madness, you will be worn down, some will end up… in a cell under a court sentence, others will end up in the psychiatric hospital, because what they demonstrate is a great madness. The Constituent Assembly has come to bring order, “he said.
The opposition refused to participate in the electoral process Sunday which it called a “fraud” to the Constitution and denounced that Maduro’s true objective is to modify the Constitution at his own convenience, to dissolve the public powers that oppose him and to persecute those who oppose the imposition of a dictatorship.