Deputies of the National Assembly agreed that Venezuela urgently needs a National Emergency Government which would bring the country out of this acute crisis that is further worsened by the measures of the regime, such as the plan for the distribution and sale of gasoline in its two modalities, subsidized and in dollars, announced by the usurper Nicolás Maduro. The plan is considered a total blunder that will only cause economic distortions and imbalances that favor corruption, bachaqueo (black market sales) and extraction smuggling.
This was affirmed in the assembly debate held this Tuesday, June 2nd, on the irregular situations resulting from the unconstitutional increase in gasoline and the dire consequences for Venezuelans, during the ordinary session of the National Assembly held by digital means.
The debate was opened by State Representative Lara Alfonso Marquina, who pointed out that the usurper of Miraflores last Saturday announced an increase in the price of subsidized gasoline to 5,000 bolivars per liter, that is, an increase of 500,000 percent and another to half a dollar per liter, that is, around 100,000 bolivars per liter, equivalent to a 10 million percent increase.
“He says this as if nothing had happened, as if he didn’t care that we are in a country that has been in hyperinflation for two years and that everyone knows that in Venezuela absolutely everything moves on wheels, whether it is in (small) trucks or in eighteen wheelers. What ever happened with the slogan “The Oil is Now Ours”. The reality is that it has only served to enrich those in power.
He pointed out that the dictator, during his speech to announce the increase in the price of gasoline, amidst mockery and sarcasm against the Venezuelan people, said that this increase in the price of gasoline was cheaper than a Susy cookie or a soft drink.
“This gentleman doesn’t know that, with this minimum wage of hunger, to which he has subjected the Venezuelan workers, not even a cup of coffee can be had. He also said that gasoline is cheaper in Venezuela with this new price than what is paid in Colombia or in the United States. What the dictator did not say is that the minimum wage in Colombia is $270 a month and in the United States $1,500 a month, while in Venezuela the minimum wage is $2 a month and if you add the food allowance it is $4 a month.
Marquina added that with this minimum wage, Venezuelan workers will not be able to buy even 80 liters of gasoline per month. She said that this Monday when the distribution and sale of the fuel started, the disaster was evident. There were no payment mechanisms in any of the pumps (stations), much less the biometric (payment) mechanisms, which we do not know how they will work because in Venezuela there is no electric power or internet.
He predicted that in the end everyone will pay half a dollar for each liter of gasoline because the indirect subsidy is so that those who are plugged in (well connected) will continue doing business. “That is not going to reach the Venezuelan people. Yesterday in Lara the service stations were already closed without caring that people had more than 7 hours in line and they were told to come next Monday”.
Finally he said that these indirect subsidies only cause distortions, economic imbalances that favor corruption, bachaqueo (black market) and extraction smuggling, and it is the people who end up paying the price and suffering. “Even when they continue to exploit the people, it is time to implement a National Emergency Government that begins to solve the country’s problems”.
The regime continues its run of illegality
For his part, Zulia State deputy José Luis Pirela, stressed that this regime “continues its run of illegality”, dollarizing gasoline (prices) in the midst of planned disorder and anarchy at gas stations.
He stressed that turning Venezuela into an Iranian port is part of a hegemonic aspiration of Iran, Cuba and their allied tyrants to the detriment of freedom, democracy and security in the American continent.
“Iranian gasoline will last a few days and will be the most expensive in history, but the continental threat is advancing towards dark objectives associated with terrorism and tyranny. The Iranian presence in Venezuela is an affront related to oil interests in world geopolitics. It is also a game of pressures having to do with the presidential elections in the United States.”
He denounced that the provocation will continue and that another similar shipping operation is planned for the end of this month. He also revealed that there are international sectors lobbying to weaken support for Venezuela’s democratic cause, alleging a lack of unity in the Venezuelan opposition.
On behalf of the parliamentary faction 16 de Julio, he proposed the end of the usurpation, and through an international coalition and TIAR (treaty) the approval of article 187, number 11 of the Constitution, as a matter of urgency. “Let us now define the democratic sectors and the international allies on this issue of transcendence for Venezuela and the continent,” the Zulia deputy remarked.
A country of slaves
While the deputy for Aragua State, Arnoldo Benites, pointed out that they finished putting Venezuelans against the “wall of death” with the dollarization of the country. “It’s not only the gasoline, it’s the food, the water, and the inefficient transportation system that will not guarantee the movement of Venezuelans, which will increase (its fares) due to the impossibility of people using their own vehicles.”
He said that Venezuelans are facing a struggle of dollarization versus the product of their labor, because wages are worthless and have turned the people into slaves. People do not earn enough to eat and even less to satisfy their minimum subsistence needs.
He added that dollarization makes evident what Maduro doesn’t say and wants to hide, that a liter of gasoline costs half a dollar in countries where the salary goes from 300 to 1,500 dollars a month and here it is barely 2 to 4 dollars a month.
“Those who manage to fill the tank of their vehicle with gasoline, will not be able to guarantee to fill the stomach of their family. The elderly are very concerned about our immediate future because nothing makes us think that this will improve, we will continue to die for lack of medicine or hunger, a National Emergency Government is urgent,” said Congressman Benites.
The regime benefits from the suffering of the people
Likewise, the congressman for the Carabobo State, Carlos Lozano, indicated that a country that used to export gasoline, with the most complete refinery park in (South) America, today has to import gasoline and that is a victory flag for Maduro’s regime, but I assure you that they will fail.
“Venezuelans have to stand in long lines to acquire gasoline to pay in bolivars, they wait and wait until the next day and then there is no gasoline. The users feel ridiculed, as evidenced by the testimonies of the people who were in the long lines this Monday”.
He said that in the face of the crisis and the country’s situation, a change is required, a National Emergency Government, which allows Venezuelans to have a quality of life and not be mocked by a regime that only allows for its benefits at the expense of the people.
Social control through the Carnet de la Patria
Desirée Barboza, deputy to the National Assembly for the municipality of Lagunillas on the Eastern Coast of Lake Maracaibo, said that the new system of distribution and sale of gasoline with subsidized prices and in dollars promoted by Nicolas Maduro’s regime, aims to control the people through the ‘Carnet de la Patria’, a mechanism that she believes has served to discriminate and control the population.
“Those who have the Carnet de la Patria can buy gasoline at 5,000 bolivars per liter and will receive only 120 liters per month. In the case of the sale of fuel in dollars, no one knows about the bidding process where the businessmen were allotted the sale the gasoline at international prices. Once again the rigged process rigged was carried out in secret”.
In her opinion, the sale of gasoline subsidized and in dollars generates more corruption and inequality. “Venezuelans continue to pay the consequences of a regime that wiped out the oil industry and oil production, and now they want to victimize themselves and hold others responsible for their mistakes. There is an urgent need for a national emergency government that sides with the people and brings back the productive Venezuela.