We have an electric grid that has collapsed and, perhaps worst of all, something that is truly tantamount to treasonagainst our homeland: the collapsed and inefficient condition of an oil industry which continues to be our mainsource of revenues. Mr. President, I do not want you dead. I want you to be healthy enough so that I can see you when you will have torender accounts to the Venezuelan people and maybe somewhere beyond our borders, resulting from your mismanagement of the Government and from the fate met by that enormous fortune you have squandered away.Mr. President, yes, I do render accounts. I render accounts to my shareholders, to State agencies such as theSENIAT [tax collection agency] and most of all to my family. As you know, Mr. President, despite the fact that Ionly handle private money, earned honestly, and from a known source, you have accused me of being a fraudster. Itis not a man’s way of doing things to accuse me and other Venezuelans as you do, shielding yourself with your investiture as President, and in order to be able to make those accusations, you would have to render accounts to theVenezuelan people concerning how you have defrauded us by squandering away the largest fortune Venezuela hasever received. In 10 years you have managed much more money than what was received by all the governments of the democratic period and today all you have to show us is a country in ruins.Mr. President, your obsession should not be with Globovisión. As you say, what Globovisión does is issue reports.It reports how you have failed to fulfill your promises, it reports the bad quality of life that we as Venezuelans suffer under your governmental regime. Your obsession ought to be how to improve your Governmental administration and you are not going to accomplishthat, unless you seek the concurrence of all Venezuelans, uniting Venezuelans in a common project. That cannot beaccomplished by means of threats of war between Venezuelans, and that is your discourse.Mr. President, no matter how hard you try, you are not going to succeed in having us, Venezuelans, fight amongourselves. The Armed Forces may perhaps have their radicals, such as their latest General-in-Chief, but I am certainthat most of them are respectful of the Constitution upon which they took their oath of office and most of them lovetheir country and will know how to respect the will of the majority and restrain those who try to disregard that will.Mr. President, do not try to deflect attention toward me; you know the truth is that Venezuelans have grown tired of your inefficiency and of your Government’s squandering. That is the inefficiency we report everyday onGlobovisión, when we hand the microphone over to so many Venezuelans who are desperate, upon realizing thattheir quality of life has disappeared and that their loved ones are being killed.Mr. President, you know Globovisión is still located in that same small house where you visited us as a presidentialcandidate, and twice as President, during the first year of your administration. Globovisión has not been able to increase its coverage, over an open signal, because you have not allowed us toreceive any new permits whatsoever. What continues to exist is a group of Venezuelans with a vision of a countrywhere saying what one thinks, where exercising free and independent journalism is a right and not a concession.Where freedom of expression is the right of citizens to be informed and something that does not have as a costconfiscation, exile or jail. These principles and values have made of us Venezuela’s informational benchmark.Mr. President, do not persist in manipulating the Attorney General of the Republic and the President of the SupremeCourt of Justice. Please accept my challenge and let us elucidate the Globovisión case and the accusations youmake against me before independent international judges, all Latin Americans, of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.Mr. President, you know that any legal action taken against Globovisión will be an outrage against the company andits workers, since you, as well as your advisors, know that Globovisión has all its permits and documentation in perfect order and up to date and we are zealously careful not to infringe upon the law.
Thank you, Venezuela for the consideration you have given to me.