Given the calamity suffered by Zulia, citizen activation and popular mobilization are a fundamental key to counteract the “offense” that in the opinion of Juan Pablo Guanipa, legitimate governor of Zulia, maintains Nicolas Maduro’s regime, constantly against a region in which they apply a “criminal electric rationing”, in addition to deficiencies in other public services.
“Zulia is having a terrible time. It suffers from rationing in electric service, water and gas, lack of urban waste management, deficiencies in each and every one of the public services. We also have climatic conditions that make this calvary even stronger”, explained Guanipa from the Coquivacoa parish in Maracaibo, in the middle of the fifth national blackout that affected at least 15 states in the country.
Guanipa toured the sector 18 de Octubre to accompany the reality faced by citizens in the middle of the blackout, afflicting the Zulia, where ration blocks can exceed 10 hours. Lucía Villalobos, who resides in the sector, commented on how they couldn’t attend to their father, 86, in the middle of the power cuts: “We don’t have air conditioning because the brownouts damaged it. We have a fan for him to get some ease but when the light goes out, which lasts more than 8 hours without returning, he despairs and begins to complain.”
In Guanipa’s opinion, the Zulia state, rich in oil and livestock once, now carries the “worst part of the national tragedy” along with the rest of Venezuelan west. For this reason, he assured that the conformation of the aforementioned “networks in defense of the Zuliano” was imperative, whose commitment will be to respond firmly and forcefully to those who maintain their “persistent offense against the dignity of the citizens”.
“As the Zulians have always been a reference of gallantry and determination, we must rise in defense of Zulia, in defense of Venezuela. The historical commitment is ours. The regime wants to have us on our knees but our conviction must be to struggle, to hope and resist. We are going to succeed. The Zulia will shine like the Catatumbo lightning does”, said Guanipa, who after the tour made in the neighborhood assembly the first swearing of the networks in defense of the Zuliano.
He indicated that these networks will continue to be established in the 18 parishes of Maracaibo, as well as in the 21 municipalities of the state, which he will continue to visit, giving the Zulians the respective accompaniment in the midst of a tragedy “of gigantic proportions” that today is evident in citizens “taxiing” water and cooking with firewood. “Faced with the offense, the defense, the legitimate defense of a strong, brave and dignified people. We’ll be free”.