What will ultimately happen to Nicolas Maduro

20.15

Deputy Mag. Dr. Martin Graf (FPÖ): Dear President! Dear Federal Minister! Dear Members of Parliament! Actually, I almost thought that the first speaker of the socialists would be on a collective agenda item that is up for debate, in which there are de facto two free trade agreements with Central American, Caribbean countries, with Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, and a motion relating to human rights Venezuela goes, speaks on the free trade agreement. This is actually surprising, isn't it? (Heckling at the SPÖ.)

This may also be due to the fact that there is a left regime in Venezuela. Let's review today: In the morning we dedicated a big debate to the right-wing extremist terrorist who ran amok against the rule of law and democracy. - I say: Yes, rightly; that has to be debated, also in Austria. It is very clear that the united left has been blamed for the government and the Freedom Party, that is part of the pattern. However, I would think that this was wrongly done.

Today we are debating a motion on Venezuela relatively late in the day, where a left-wing extremist terrorist - I would say now - has already eliminated the rule of law and democracy. There is no debate on your part about this - wrongly, I think. Don't you think so? Millions of people have to leave the country, journalists are in dungeons and much more.

Let's rummage a bit in the moth box! (Interjection from the Abg. Duzdar.) I can still remember 2006. I assume that Mr Rossmann will only talk about the free trade agreement because it is much more pleasant. It then closes the circle on Venezuela because both Chavez and Maduro were against all free trade agreements with capitalist countries, including the EU and Austria. You are of one mind: Maduro is against it, you are also against it - socialists: no matter where you look, always the same knitting pattern. (Applause from the FPÖ and MPs from the ÖVP. - Interruptions from the SPÖ.)

And there is no debate when thousands of people are imprisoned, no debate when hundreds and thousands are killed - all in front of our eyes. 2006 was Maduro (Call to the FPÖ: With Chavez!), at that time he was foreign minister, with Chavez in Austria. The pop stars of the left, as it was roughly called in the media, from “Standard” to “Falter” to Funke, and of course also with the then green media and also with a lot of red media. (Interjection from the Abg. Yılmaz.) It was ultimately illuminating what happened there.

After all, it was May 12th - around my birthday; I have not been there, I have to say, when Maduro appeared at the largest rally in solidarity with the Venezuelan Revolution that has ever taken place outside of South America: in the arena.

On the 14th Chavez was also in the Urania, many know the performance. Many of you were there at the time and applauded (Abg. Duzdar: How do you know? Were you there?), when the rulers of the new era, the pop stars, began to bury democracy in parts of South America. They replaced the bourgeois structures with council structures, nationalized them and founded popular militias. When we warned: It will end in disaster for the local people !, you brushed it off and gave your pop stars, a Maduro and a Chavez, applause - both the Greens and the Socialists back then - when they did Have raised their voices in Austria.

The fact that these were then also received by the then Federal President Fischer - North Korea, Venezuela and many others - should only be mentioned in passing; but that doesn't matter. (Interjection at the FPÖ.)

What was the motto and presentation of Maduro back then, who - as you can still read - yelled into the microphone in the arena? - There are only two options: socialism or barbarism!

Let me now say that socialism is more than barbarism, as you can see in these matters (Applause from the FPÖ and MPs from the ÖVP), and therefore you have to do something. Dead, misery, suffering wherever you look when left-wing extremists are in power (Interjection at the SPÖ), and if you take a closer look: silence, silence in the country, no mushroom, no Frau Bayr - where is she? - who suddenly take the floor. Suddenly we're just talking about free trade agreements - that's convenient, then you don't have to deal with your own reflection. You made these pop stars great in the western world too. There are no more elections and many other things no longer, and people suffer from hunger and hardship. (The speaker pours himself a glass of water and drinks. Vogl: Thirst!)

That is why there is also a motion for a resolution that I would like to table on behalf of MEP Lopatka and on my behalf:

Motion for a resolution

of the MPs Dr. Reinhold Lopatka, Mag. Dr. Martin Graf, colleagues on "the current political situation in Venezuela"

The undersigned MPs make the following request:

“The Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs is requested to do everything in her power to contribute to a peaceful, democratic solution in Venezuela within the framework of the common foreign and security policy of the European Union by calling for free , transparent and credible presidential elections in accordance with international democratic standards and in accordance with the Venezuelan Constitution is strongly expressed at the international level.

In addition, the responsible Federal Minister is requested to continue to work in international bodies, in particular in the bodies of the United Nations, for Venezuela's return to democracy and the rule of law and to support the taking of adequate measures along this path and, above all, to continue to support those forces who are democratically legitimized.

Furthermore, the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs continues to be requested, in coordination with the responsible bodies of the EU and the European partners, to contribute to an improvement in the humanitarian situation of the population and to support all activities in this regard which the perpetrators of this human catastrophe in the legal Take responsibility. "

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In the end, these are the socialists of the Maduro style, I would think.

Ladies and gentlemen! I ask you to accept this request. I think that is the least that can be done if you are silent about the conditions that exist in Venezuela - only and exclusively because it is there left There are rulers and no real rulers.

If there has been a right-wing dictatorship in South America in the last 40 or 50 years, there has always been a debate here. When rulers like Maduro, Chavez and others came to power, or, for example, the corruptionist Lula in Brazil, nothing was heard from you.

Stop using double standards! Finally take part in the common actions when it comes to foreign policy! - Thanks. (Applause and cheers from the FPÖ and applause from the ÖVP.)

20.25

The overall wording of the application is as follows:

Motion for a resolution

of the MP Reinhold Lopatka, Martin Graf colleagues

regarding the current political situation in Venezuela

introduced in the course of the debate on agenda item 9 on the report of the Foreign Affairs Committee 525 d.B. to application 432 / A (E)

Reason:

Since taking office in 2013, President Maduro has steadily eroded Venezuela's democracy and rule of law, culminating in 2017 in the newly created Constituent Assembly's disempowerment of the opposition-controlled National Assembly. Presidential elections were held in Venezuela on May 20, 2018, and Nicolas Maduro emerged victorious. The European Union and large parts of the international community did not recognize these elections as fair and free, as minimum international standards for a credible process were not met and political pluralism, democracy, transparency and the rule of law were not respected. As a result, the member states of the European Union, including Austria, stayed away from the inauguration of Nicolas Maduro for his second term on January 10, 2019 in Caracas.

Finally, on January 23, 2019, the legally and democratically elected President of Parliament, Juan Guaidó, was declared interim President of Venezuela, citing the Venezuelan constitution. The majority of Latin American countries, the USA and Canada have recognized Juan Guaidó as president. A considerable number of the EU member states, including Austria, consider and support Juan Guaidó as transitional president so that he can call for free, fair and democratic presidential elections.

According to estimates, more than 100,000 people took part in mass protests directed against President Maduro, leaving numerous dead and injured. Hundreds of demonstrators are also reported to have been arrested. Further protests and crackdown on the sympathizers with interim president Guaidó are expected.

Meanwhile, Venezuela is on the verge of economic collapse with devastating effects on the population. Even after this year's increase in the minimum wage by 300%, this corresponds to an equivalent of around 6 US dollars on the black market. Many people can only afford one meal a day and suffer from acute food and drug shortages. The International Monetary Fund anticipates a further increase in the inflation rate of up to 10 million% by the end of the year. The devastating living conditions in Venezuela have caused one of the largest refugee movements in Latin America. It is estimated that 3 million Venezuelans are already on the run today. According to UN experts, the number of refugees could even increase to 5.3 million by the end of the year.

Against this background, the undersigned MPs express their full solidarity with the Venezuelan people and condemn the arbitrary violence on the part of the authorities.

The undersigned MPs also submit the following request

“The Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs is requested to do everything in her power to contribute to a peaceful, democratic solution in Venezuela within the framework of the common foreign and security policy of the European Union by calling for free , transparent and credible presidential elections in accordance with international democratic standards and in accordance with the Venezuelan Constitution is strongly expressed at the international level.

In addition, the Federal Minister responsible is requested to continue working in international bodies, particularly in the United Nations, for Venezuela's return to democracy and the rule of law and to support the taking of adequate measures along this path and, above all, to continue to support those forces who are democratically legitimized.

Furthermore, the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs is requested, in coordination with the responsible bodies of the EU and the European partners, to contribute to an improvement in the humanitarian situation of the population and to support all activities in this regard which the perpetrators of this human catastrophe in the legal Take responsibility. "

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President Doris Bures: The motion for a resolution has been duly tabled and is therefore also being negotiated.

Now Federal Minister Dr.in Kneissl reported to speak. - Please, Minister.