Gov't and dissent take the first step to release political prisoners
The head of the parliament bloc for opposition AD party, Deputy Edgar Zambrano, reported that in an initial meeting with Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro, cordiality prevailed and documents were delivered on several cases of political prisoners and exiles
The head of the parliament bloc for opposition AD party, Deputy Edgar Zambrano, reported that during the meeting that lingered three hours and five minutes, documents were delivered on several cases of political prisoners and exiles.
The congressman, who had previously requested a meeting with President Hugo Chávez to tackle the issue, specified that cordiality and political will prevailed in the meeting, as well as responsiveness in line with President Chávez's invitation to national dialogue.
"The Head of State commissioned Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro to work on the issue of the release of political prisoners, return of exiles and respect for parliament immunity, which we regard as a critical contribution to the country peace; we, the members of the Unified Democratic Panel, understand and accept the president's call after the (presidential) election of October 7," Zambrano concluded.
Why did Gerardo come to Caracas? One day he took the decision, handed the car keys to his father, gave him his share of the cloth business they both owned in San Cristóbal and kissed his wife and two sons goodbye. "He told us he was going to continue fighting for Venezuela," the wife says. That was in mid-2013. He has been imprisoned since May 8, 2014.