The deputy to the National Assembly, Américo De Grazia, denounced how Maduro’s dictatorship has handed over 50% of the national territory to the terrorist group National Liberation Army (ELN) to manage the mining and drug trafficking activity in the Arco Minero.
“There is a very complicated situation with the indigenous peoples who are located south of the Orinoco, the Mining Arc has been expanding throughout the territory of the state of Bolivar, including the Canaima National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1962, and also the territory of Amazonas, Delta Amacuro, and today unfortunately occupies 50% of the national territory,” said the parliamentarian.
The deputy for the state of Bolivar warned that “there are approximately 30 indigenous ethnic groups that inhabit this territory, which are in fact the most harmed by this policy that has become an indigenous genocide, set in motion through what is now called the Orinoco Mining Arc.
Furthermore, De Grazia explained how the dictatorship has enslaved the indigenous Venezuelans. “In principle, the indigenous peoples are isolated in order to make them increasingly dependent on the regime, for example, once they try to get out of isolation they use gasoline as a mechanism of social control and sell it to them in exchange for gold, inducing them directly or indirectly into the mining activity”.
“This was not always the case, it is a policy that has been organized by the criminal organization that now occupies Miraflores, using all these control mechanisms,” he added.
In this regard, the parliamentarian explained that “then they begin to tell them that with the practice of mining they can get ahead and they give them supplies to develop the mining activity, then the massacre is inflicted, where they are assaulted and the “saviors” of the indigenous peoples arrive, who are the Pranes that are supposed to take care of them, but now they are not the Pranes, but the ELN, which is a terrorist group of Colombian origin but directed from Cuba”.
“When I say that this was not the case before, it is because the indigenous peoples lived fundamentally from tourism, hunting and fishing. Today Canaima is not known for the Angel Falls, for its tourist activity or its inns, but fundamentally for its mining activity, and from that the regime has gone from massacre to massacre,” he condemned.
De Grazia denounced how many of “these indigenous people are forced to move, so they come to the big cities to live on alms or to live in the garbage dumps in order to eat or survive.
He also recalled that “mining activity is complemented with drug trafficking, the armed wing in Venezuela that is the ELN and the mining tool of the Suns’ Cartel, is called the Military Company of Mining, Oil and Gas Industries (Camimpeg)”.
Finally, he highlighted the importance of organizations such as the European Union in its Parliament to continue discussing the Mining Arc, as well as the pronouncements offered by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, which serve to promote new international actions.