A PDVAL in Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar state, has banned 34 of its own workers from entering the building because they allegedly voted for the MUD in the December 6 parliamentary election. The image appeared on social media yesterday, and was quickly picked up by local and national news sources.

The names of the workers suspected of having voted by the MUD was placed on a piece of paper titled “Traitors… get out of our institution”, which was apparently posted in a spot visible to the public.

Below, an image of the list:

It is not clear if the people on the list actually voted for the MUD, or how PDVAL was able to determine that they did.

Torrealba: Venezuelans “Offered Dream That Was Betrayed”

The head of the MUD, Jesus Torrealba, gave an interview to El Nacional that was published today in which he discussed the parliamentary election and the bloc’s plans for the upcoming National Assembly session.

Torrealba was asked about whether it considered the PSUV’s reaction after the election a sign of an inevitable conflict of power. Torrealba said that the Venezuelan people turned against the PSUV  due to the fact that the party “offered them a dream that was betrayed”. Because of this, any conflict of power that does take place will be of a very particular nature:

The conflict of power will not be a conflict of desks – that is, the desk at the Tribunal Supremo de Justicia will not be in conflict with the National Assembly. If there is to be a conflict of power here, it will be between the power of the people and that of the bureaucracy, which is growing weaker. The bureaucracy was abandoned by the people. It can’t justify itself, and that’s why it tries to stay afloat through the idea of a dead leader because that’s the only thing it has left.

When asked what would happen if the rest of the Venezuelan government simply chose to ignore whatever the National Assembly did, Torrealba said:

The decision over which tool to use will depend on a concrete analysis of the situation. For me, the ideal solution would be for Maduro to understand that the [voters] demanded change, and that he put the resources of his office up for the task of creating incentives to and accelerating this change. Maduro’s hostile attitude is radically negative for the people. If there is a political conflict, the possibility of creating solutions to the economic and social drama deteriorate. I hope Maduro and Cabello understand that the people have spoken and they should listen.

Borges: MUD Division Would Be “National Tragedy”

In an interview with El Tiempo published today, Primero Justicia‘s Julio Borges said that the MUD splitting up would be “national tragedy” and used to the following sports analogy to illustrate his point:

[It would be like] if we were just about to win the World Cup, but then walked off the field just a few minutes before the end of the game.

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