Florida Senate - 2014                            (NP)    SR 1658
       By Senator Flores
       37-02130-14                                           20141658__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing the people of Venezuela and
    3         their peaceful protest as they call for democratic
    4         change.
    6         WHEREAS, the hallmark of democracy is the free and peaceful
    7  exercise of rights guaranteed under the constitution of a
    8  democratically elected government, and
    9         WHEREAS, the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of
   10  Venezuela guarantees its citizens full political rights,
   11  including the right to freely assemble for democratic political
   12  purposes, and
   13         WHEREAS, the preamble of the Charter of the Organization of
   14  American States affirms that “representative democracy is an
   15  indispensable condition for the stability, peace, and
   16  development” in Latin America, and
   17         WHEREAS, Article 1 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter
   18  recognizes that “the peoples of the Americas have a right to
   19  democracy and their governments have an obligation to promote
   20  and defend it,” and
   21         WHEREAS, those who cherish democratic principles condemn
   22  the perpetration of violence and intimidation against the
   23  Venezuelan people, NOW, THEREFORE,
   25  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   27         That the people of Venezuela and their peaceful call for
   28  democratic change are recognized as they attempt to exercise
   29  their constitutional rights in opposing a ruthless and
   30  oppressive government.