The deputies of the National Assembly on Tuesday rejected Resolution 0010 approved by Nicolás Maduro’s regime authorizing mining activities for the exploitation of gold and diamonds in the Caroní, Caura, Aro, Cuchivero, Yuruari and Cuyuní rivers, vital watersheds in the Amazon region.
“Resolution 0010 illegally authorizes the exploitation of gold and diamonds in the main rivers of Bolivar State. Likewise, it violates the environmental protection regulations in force in Venezuela, guaranteed by the Constitution, Organic Environmental Laws, Territorial Planning Law, Biological Diversity Law and Water Law,” said Congressman Carlos González at the beginning of the debate.
In this regard, the parliamentarian said that this resolution will have very serious consequences for the environment and the ecosystems in these rivers.
In addition, he highlighted that the illegal exploitation of land in the area has caused the displacement of ancestral indigenous communities and that the sediments deposited in Guri Dam will cause failures in hydroelectric power.
Meanwhile, MP Americo De Grazia said that the Mining Arc is a legal entity created by usurper Nicolás Maduro to plunder the country’s wealth and finance narcoterrorist bands.
“The FARC, ELN and Hezbollah have taken over all the mining sectors south of the Orinoco, in the Venezuelan Amazon and the Orinoco Delta, causing an ecocide and the displacement of a large number of indigenous groups,” De Grazia said.
“Our struggle will not stop until we can stop not only the usurpation, but also this holocaust that the Mining Arch of Death represents,” he ended.
Finally, Congresswoman María Hernández Del Castillo said that they requested an investigation to stop this type of illegal movement.
“We have requested the approval of an agreement that declares this resolution null and void, alerts international entities to the illegal exploitation of our natural parks, and investigates Mr. Gilberto Pinto for these activities.”
“In the midst of this pandemic, the usurpers intend to implement this resolution affecting our indigenous peoples, to explore and exploit various minerals in our rivers,” concluded Hernández Del Castillo.