“We will use all mechanisms available to remove this government,” said opposition leader Julio Borges to reporters.
Sectors of Venezuela’s opposition, claiming to invoke an article in the Bolivarian Constitution said they will refuse to recognize the legitimacy of President Nicolas Maduro and his administration.
Claiming that the “regime” was unconstitutional as well as all the measures it has implemented so far, the Democratic Unity Roundtable coalition called on their supporters to “disobey” the laws.
“The regime is outside of the Constitution, all its decisions are unconstitutional, and they cannot be obeyed in accordance with the article 350 of the Constitution,” said opposition leader Julio Borges, elected president of the national assembly in a press conference.
“Today the dictatorship is weaker as we can count on the support of the international community,” he added. “We’d like to announce that we will use all mechanisms available to remove this government.”
The Constitution’s Article 350 allows the Venezuelan people to disobey a government that “goes against the democratic values, principles and guarantees or curtails human rights.”
Borges also called the opposition to maintain the street protests against the government — despite the fact that vandalism and violence have cost the lives of over 85 people so far.
Earlier on Tuesday, 12 members of the 34-nation Organization of American States, including the United States and Maxico, accused Venezuela of “undermining democracy,” “failing to feed its people” and “violating rights” in a statement.
Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry, who slammed foreign meddling in the internal affairs of Venezuela, fired back by criticizing the human rights records of countries that endorsed the letter.