The National Assembly blamed Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship for the massacre in Ikabarú, Bolivar state, where armed groups killed at least six people.
Congressman Ángel Medina opened the debate during Tuesday’s session and accused Nicolás Maduro’s regime for the constant murders carried out in Bolívar, which seek to plunder the area’s mineral resources.
“Today those in power are stained with blood. There have been at least 40 massacres in Bolivar state,” Medina said.
According to the parliamentarian, the dictatorship is indolent in the face of the suffering experienced by the Venezuelan people.
“They use the Arco Minero to establish businesses and agreements with armed groups, make money and, consequently, remain in power,” Medina said.
Congressman José Prat said that “gold is used as petty cash,” while assuring that “this happens after the disaster of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).”
“The exploitation of gold in Venezuela is not new: what is new is that it is done by criminals,” he added.
For his part, Assemblyman Freddy Valera emphasized that “the Mining Arc gave a new connotation to mining activity, and this is a problem of the State. The regime is responsible for the deaths, the ecocide and the systematic rape that occurs in the State of Bolívar.”
“The gold produced by these mills does not enter the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV), they have the capacity to take it out of the country without passing the country’s banking institution. Gold does not reach hospitals, schools or aqueducts, it is not reflected as investments for the State,” Valera said.
“The security of that state is exercised by the military, the Sebin, the Dgcim, the governor of the entity. But this governor is not worried about the problems, he is worried about the mines,” concluded the parliamentarian.