Maduro asks for powers to punish corruption with the "maximum penalty"
He noted that authorities have dealt heavy blows to corruption at the highest levels. "We have inflicted blows on officials, from governors to presidents of institutes and companies"
I am ready to "face this monster with a thousand heads," said Maduro.
The president noted that authorities have dealt heavy blows to corruption at the highest levels. "We have inflicted blows (on officials,) from governors to presidents of institutes and companies."
He remarked he feels a bitterness that keeps him awake. "The bitterness I feel will not go away; I have it inside. I feel bitterness because there is a part of the country that does not react" to corruption cases.
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.