2nd gasoline-laden Iranian ship arrives in Venezuela

The Cardon refinery facilities were overtaken by the National Guard. Photo by Eliana Palencia.

By Irene Revilla.

The second Iranian ship loaded with gasoline and manufacturing additives arrived at dock one of the Cardon refinery, in the Paraguana Refining Complex, the second-largest facility in Venezuela, at 2:00 pm this Tuesday, May 26.

From the entrance of the refinery, members of several state security agencies were deploying. Another group boarded the National Guard, and Coast Guard patrol boats to await the arrival of the Forest.

The welcoming ceremony for the ship, with a cargo of 250,000 barrels of gasoline, was presiding by Falcon Governor Victor Clark.

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The ship Forest arrived on Monday, May 25 to Venezuelan waters, escorted by the Venezuelan Navy’s patrol boat, which accompanied to dock one, gate three of the Cardon refinery.

Five ships arrive with gasoline in Venezuela

The first Iranian ship arrived with gasoline at the El Palito refinery in Carabobo state Sunday; the second was received at the Cardon refinery in Falcon state. Through a press release from the government Venezuelan TV channel, the ship Petunia, the third of the five bringing fuel to the country from the Islamic Republic of Iran, entered Venezuelan waters.

No journalistic access

To provide coverage, journalists and reporters from the regional and national media came to the site. However, PDVSA’s Loss Prevention and Control (PCP, the state oil company’s internal police force) staff only gave access to workers of the regional newspaper Nuevo Dia, the national state channel VTV, and journalists from the Governor’s Office.

Reporters from El Pitazo and Primera Noticia were prevented from accessing the site, allegedly because they were not authorized. PDVSA personnel demanded that they leave the facilities and that they did not stay even in the spaces near the Paraguana Refining Complex.

The National Union of Press Workers and the Venezuela Press and Society Institute rejected this type of censorship action, which violates freedom of expression.

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