“Dad, in this moment you have the power to end the injustice that has sunk this country”
The Venezuelan people have suffered under socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro for years. The unpopular president has effectively crippled the nation and is starving his people, and in recent weeks, his totalitarian government has killed at least 29 people who were protesting against the failed president.
The son of a prominent Venezuelan official has seen enough and has begged his father, human rights ombudsman Tarek Saab, to “end the injustice that has sunk this country.”
The son of Venezuela’s pro-government human rights ombudsman has surprised the country amid major protests against the leftist administration by publicly urging his father to “end the injustice.”
The opposition has accused ombudsman Tarek Saab, whose title is “defender of the people,” of turning a blind eye to rights abuses and a lurch into dictatorship by unpopular President Nicolas Maduro.
Some 29 people have died during this month’s unrest.
In many of the vast street protests in Caracas in recent days, marchers aimed to converge on his office, but security forces firing tear gas and water cannons blocked them.
So Venezuelans were shocked to see Saab’s son, a law student, breaking ranks with his powerful father and saying he himself had been a victim of what he called government repression against marchers.
“Dad, in this moment you have the power to end the injustice that has sunk this country,” said Yibram Saab in a YouTube video late on Wednesday, sitting outside and reading from a paper.
“I ask you as your son, and in the name of Venezuela that you represent, that you reflect and do what you must do,” added the younger Saab.
The elder Saab, a staunch supporter of Hugo Chavez, has said that he loves his son no matter what he’s said. Maduro’s son, however, has called on the younger Saab to reconsider his position against the anti-Maduro “terrorists.”
The ombudsman, a former student leader who became a poet, lawyer, and Socialist Party governor, responded in a radio interview later on Thursday, saying he respected his son’s right of opinion and loved him just the same.
“I love him, I adore him, whatever he might have said,” he told La Romantica station, adding that he always defended rights and condemned violence no matter which side it came on.
Maduro’s son called on Saab’s son to reconsider.
The president’s son echoed the government stance that demonstrators are terrorists trying to instigate a coup amid the biggest protests since 2014.
“Your three minutes of fame could have been different. I think you could have picked up the phone and spoken with your father, expressing to him your love and concern and listening to him,” wrote Nicolas Maduro Guerra.
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