The deputies to the National Assembly rejected this Sunday, during an extraordinary session convened by President Juan Guaidó, the price increase, rationing and dollarization of gasoline sales announced by Maduro’s dictatorship.
Congressman Elías Matta began the debate by pointing out that “all the money they handled went into the pockets of corruption. You who said you were keeping exchange rate control so that money wouldn’t flow out, it turns out that in your 20 years you took it all away.
“Now they are trying to propose to the country a price increase to international prices when in this country the minimum wage is 4 dollars and 65 cents. The food basket costs $232, 50 minimum wages. The regime does not understand any of this because it is out of touch with reality. The people are the ones who suffer from reality,” he warned.
Matta recalled that “when Maduro arrived in Miraflores in 2013, the dollar cost 25 bolivars, today it costs 20 billion bolivars, they have pulverized the currency and have also been dollarizing the country in violation of the Constitution. This is unbearable, this is outrageous, this is abuse”.
Later, Congressman Robert Alcalá had the right to speak, and explained that “Maduro intends to buy the price they pay in Colombia for gasoline, but he does not say that the minimum wage there is $260.
“You can’t forget this town that those who are raising the price of gasoline today have destroyed PDVSA and the refineries. Today they put their hands in the pockets of the Venezuelans. This is the worst “paquetazo” (hit, scam) in the history of Venezuela,” he concluded.
Afterwards, Congressman José Pratt affirmed that “this increase must be catalogued as a distribution of the gasoline business amongst the plugged (connected) mafias. These are dark businesses behind the backs of the Venezuelan people”.
“While they pretend to charge gasoline in dollars to a people that earns in Bolivars, they continue to give fuel (for free) to the Cuban dictatorship and let the people of Venezuela pay for it out of their own pockets,” he said.
For this reason, he proposed “that an investigation be initiated to make clear the number of laws that are being violated with this announcement made by Nicolás Maduro.”
The debate was closed by the first vice-president of the National Assembly, Juan Pablo Guanipa, who said that after “years of controlling the price of the ticket without financing transport and finishing up public transportation; years of controlling the payment of public services and now there is no electricity, no water, no gas, no garbage collection; years of chasing, repressing and killing, but there is no security; years of destroying private enterprise and the Venezuelans are dying of hunger; years of looting the oil company and now we have no gasoline, this PDVSA thing is one of the most serious crimes ever committed against the Republic.
“We could produce oil, refine it and even have for export. What will anyone do if they don’t have dollars? This dictatorship will never put itself in the shoes of Venezuelans, they don’t care what they have caused,” remarked Guanipa.
Finally, the Zulia deputy predicted that “just as the regime failed with the economy, it is going to fail in the usurpation of power. You will fail because you won’t be able to deal with justice, nor will you be able to deal with the Venezuelans. We are going to make the libertarian dream come true with social organization, with political protests, with national pressure and with international pressure. Venezuela will triumph and will be free and democratic.