With the sponsorship of the Venezuelan ambassadors in Central America, the virtual forum “Ecological and Criminal Barbarism of the Mining Arch” was held this Thursday, August 20th, with the special participation of Congressman Américo De Grazia, Presidential Commissioner for the Mining Arch.
The meeting was attended by high-level Central American government officials and the diplomatic corps accredited in Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama, as well as human rights NGOs, trade unions and the media. It was moderated by ambassadors María Faría, María Teresa Romero, Claudio Sandoval and Fabiola Zavarce.
At the event, Congressman De Grazia stated, “the largest criminal organization operating in Venezuela is in the Arco Minero” and accused the Cartel de los Soles of being the largest investor in illegal mining in the country.
“Today, in a factual way, the Mining Arc occupies the whole state of Bolivar, Amazonas and Delta Amacuro, which means an occupation of 50 % of the national territory, a space larger than the territories of Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama and Guatemala together. Approximately 500 thousand square kilometers”, stressed De Grazia, who also pointed out that with this illegal occupation has caused an irreversible ecological damage and has consumed almost all of the 43 national parks that exist in Venezuela.
Ambassador Sandoval took the opportunity to call attention to the great challenge to the security and stability of Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil and the Caribbean “since the criminal groups operating in the Mining Arc, including the ELN, FARC dissidents, Colombian ex-paramilitaries, the Venezuelan mega-bands and Brazilian garimpeiros do so with the consent of the regime,” he said.
For her part, Ambassador Faria highlighted the environmental disaster in full development in this area of Venezuelan territory, which has resulted in the reappearance of diseases such as malaria, which were considered eradicated in Venezuela.
Ambassador Romero spoke about the illicit business of the regime with gold and diamonds, a topic that was later deepened by Congressman De Grazia. The congressman pointed out that the gravity of the situation lies in the creation of a large criminal society arising from the exploitation of minerals – especially gold – in the Mining Arc. This territory is occupied by criminal gangs that operate with total freedom and impunity in the area committing all kinds of atrocities.
The event was closed by the Venezuelan ambassador in Panama, Fabiola Zavarce, who highlighted that “the collective and individual rights of our indigenous people are being violated in a criminal, irrational and atrocious way, only comparable to a hell on earth. The worst thing that can be done in this situation is to remain silent. That is why we want to be the voice of those who have no voice and take this denunciation to the last corner of the planet, until this barbarous destruction and ecocide is stopped and justice is done.”
The four Ambassadors of the Government in Charge of Venezuela in Central America ratified their commitment to continue making visible in the Central American countries the ecocide, the human rights violations, the illegal businesses and the threat to regional security that has become the south of the Orinoco under Venezuela’s regime.