According to the deputies of the legitimate National Assembly, Nicolás Maduro’s regime imposes on Venezuelans a state policy that exacerbates the country’s complex humanitarian crisis by keeping Venezuelans in endless lines in a provoked fuel scarcity. In addition to the lack of fuel, deficient and failing public services, such as water, gas and electricity compounded with starvation wages and food and medicine at unreachable prices usually paid in U.S. dollars.
This was made clear this Tuesday during the debate on the failure of the regime to recover the supply of fuel and the collapse of all public services, held during the ordinary online session of the Delegate Commission of the legitimate National Assembly.
The Deputy for Mérida State, Williams Dávila, began the debate after playing a video showing the long queues to resupply gasoline, where it is evident the failure of the regime to guarantee fuel to Venezuelans and how this situation affects the peasants, the farmer in the field, specifically the people who grow vegetables, fruits, potatoes among other crops, especially the towns in southern Mérida State, who cannot transport their products and distribute them because they lack gasoline and diesel fuel.
“The agricultural sector is suffering firsthand from the lack of gasoline, gas and diesel, coupled with the lack of supplies and fertilizers to produce. The Andean area is going through a very precarious situation, the gasoline stations where you pay in dollars have no fuel, so they have to pay between 3 and 5 dollars per liter of gasoline in the black market. This is the great business that the high government has promoted and where the military is involved,” said the MP from Merida.
He assured that this is a high government business where the military are directly involved, and are the only ones who can smuggle gasoline in the border area. “After 6 to 7 at night, ‘gandolas’ (semi-trailer tankers) or tanker trucks full of gasoline pass through certain trails of the Colombian-Venezuelan border, to sell gasoline in Colombia or bring in gasoline from Colombia and sell it in the border area,” explained Deputy Davila.
He added that, despite the lack of fuel, the regime continues to send gasoline to Cuba needed by the country’s producers, workers, doctors, nurses and all Venezuelans . “They are applying proletarian internationalism to us, but of the corrupt and ‘wise guys’, here what we see is a great racket to avoid sanctions, to manage businesses in the world’s black markets, where not only is gasoline traded, but precious stones, gold, and the traffic of any type of merchandise and of course illegal drugs.”
Venezuela has become a canister country
Afterwards the Deputy for Zulia State, Avilio Troconiz, said that one of the most important problems that Venezuelans are facing is the gasoline deficit, which is particularly acute in the States of Bolívar, Apure, Amazonas, and Zulia, a problem that in his opinion has been turned into a tragedy.
“The issue of gasoline has a direct connection with public services, especially public transport and heavy commercial transport, so the cost of tickets has become ‘dollarized’ (sic), exceeding the possibilities of citizens. There are states where a one way (urban) fare is set at two dollars. Between municipalities they charge up to U.S. $ 30.00.”
He pointed out that this situation has its roots in the destruction of the Venezuelan oil company, PDVSA, coupled with theft and the greatest corruption that the country has ever experienced, and which today suffers the most acute calamity and misery’.”
“The most expensive gasoline in the world is the one that Venezuelans have today, subsidized gasoline service stations have practically disappeared and almost all gasoline supply is paid in dollars. There are gas stations where it is sold from $ 0.50 to $ 1 and up to 1.5 dollars per liter of gasoline. Now we are a ‘pimpinero’ (canister) country.”
He finally pointed out that the purchasing power of Venezuelans does not allow them to pay for the transport fare at these high prices and they are even less able to resupply their vehicles’ gasoline to be able to move to their jobs and from one city to another.
“It is a real nightmare what all Venezuelans go through today. They sometimes spend from one to 5 days in queues to be able to fill up with gasoline. I can only say that we have to keep fighting and working in order to achieve freedom, democracy, and a country of progress and development.”
Drastic increase in food shortages
Likewise, the Deputy for Portuguesa State, Zandra Castillo, said that the lack of fuel in the country can lead to a more drastic increase in food shortages, because the entire food chain will be paralyzed in the coming days.
She said that this serious situation has been created by the regime, which is sinking into its own farce, by promising that by the end of June the queues to fill up with gasoline would end, and the situation has worsened instead of improving.
“Nicolás Maduro continues to turn a blind eye (to this problem), that is why from the legitimate AN we unite in one voice to continue to support and affirm our commitment to Venezuela, because this situation will make access to food and medicine even more difficult as a result of a transportation paralysis caused by not being able to resupply gasoline and diesel.”
She assured that the crops of corn, rice and coffee in Portuguesa run the risk of being lost, because the engines cannot be started due to the lack of diesel fuel. Furthermore, she argued that Venezuelans must join the struggle and the pressure that the AN is exerting to get rid of this regime.
Deputy Castillo also made clear that this continues to be a serious problem for the Venezuelan, that faces an unprecedented humanitarian crisis caused by the lack of water, gas and electricity in the middle of a pandemic, while all the regime is doing is “warm water wipes” (pies in the sky) and it doesn’t solve the root of the problems.
“We can not give up. We must trust God to bring justice for the Venezuelan and to allow the just to take the seat of government. We must continue to form the Unity of change, values and above all politicians who identify with the people and care about human feelings,” said Ms. Castillo.
Corruption in the sale of fuel is in good health
For his part, the Deputy for Falcón State, Ricardo Aponte, argued that one of the elements that has deepened the deficiencies and difficulties that Venezuelans face is the shortage of gasoline and diesel, a situation that is increasingly worse, and is reflected in ever longer lines at gas stations across the country.
“Mr. Tareck El Aissami lied to the country again when he assured that by the end of June the queues for gasoline at service stations would disappear, because according to him the refineries in Venezuela would produce 100 percent of the national fuel demand. The queues did not decrease, on the contrary, they increased as a result of the corruption and the inability of the regime to increase fuel production.”
He indicated that according to figures from the Venezuelan Petroleum Chamber, production and refining does not cover even two-thirds of the current national demand, which is less than 30 percent of what it used to be in 2017.
“Currently the demand for fuel is in the order of 140 thousand barrels per day, and current production barely reaches 40 thousand barrels, this shows the failure of the regime to recover oil production and refining, while corrupt practices in the sale of fuel continues happily, in good health. This nightmare will end when this disgraceful regime ceases to exist,” said the deputy for Falcon State.
A Cuban Model to Restrict the Rights of Venezuelans
The Deputy for Lara State, Luis Florido, closed the debate and recalled that Venezuela was a country that exported gasoline and its refining centers produced more than 1,300 thousand barrels per day of oil products, gasoline, naphtha, diesel, lubricating oils, among other distillates, this allowed the economy to flow (sic), now it is an importer of gasoline and it is not available, but it is a great business for the regime and its partners.
He assured that the regime sends gasoline to the Venezuelan capital, only to be sold in dollars, to prevent the people of Caracas from rising up. He added that there are two realities, the one that is lived in the province and the one that is lived in Caracas.
“This has been by design, a Cuban model of restricting rights to take away the possibility of you obtaining anything in an easy and simple way, as in any country in the world, products that are needed day to day. It is not only gasoline, people are also constantly looking for cooking gas and water, in addition to suffering constant power outages that occur in each of the states of our country,” said Deputy Florido.
He stressed that in addition to this very serious situation, Venezuelans do not have an adequate salary to obtain food and medicines, which he described as a “perfect storm”, which has been brought to Venezuelans by Nicolás Maduro’s regime, and which has violated all their rights despite these being contemplated in the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, but which unfortunately, has never been respected.
“These rights can only be recovered together by all Venezuelans and for them I emphasize the importance of unity to rebuild and reconquer the Venezuela we had and turn it into a better Venezuela.”