All of us agree that some violence and attacks on government security forces have been perpetrated by protestors apparently linked to the opposition, and that a purely peaceful protest strategy would be much more effective on the opposition’s part.
Steve and I agree that government supporters’ fear of a witch hunt, with memories of 2002 post-coup persecutions, needs to be addressed by the opposition, and due process guaranteed.
Miguel, Dan and I agree that the call for a National Constituent Assembly by Maduro at this point in time, and in the manner it was done, will not contribute to resolving the political and economic crisis, and may exacerbate it. I invite Steve to tell us if he we have a consensus on this point, which would be important to highlight.
I also invite the others to make explicit proposals for how they see a breaking of the logjam, a movement forward from this stalemate, and the beginning of reconciliation in Venezuela.
By Jennifer McCoy, Georgia State University