21.7 C
Thursday, 17 June, 2021

Gasoline shortage and theft, trigger more protests in Bolivar state

Scarcity is compounded as bus drivers accuse law enforcement of intimidation tactics as well as of stealing whatever gasoline they happen to have left on the “Troncal 10” highway that leads from Venezuela into Brazil.


By Carlos Suniaga.

Ciudad Guayana.- Bus drivers covering the Troncal 10 highway in Bolivar state staged a protest on Thursday against local and national law enforcement as well as to denounce the acute gasoline shortage in the region, which is entering its fourth month and affecting some 1,500 drivers.

“We publicly denounce the abuse from National Guard officials, state police, DGCIM (military counter-intelligence, now widely deployed near the borders) and the CICPC (Venezuela’s national criminal and judicial investigation agency). In different checkpoints we are treated like criminals when we are workers of the steering wheel,” Eladio Medina, representative of a bus drivers’ union, said during a street protest.

You must read: Teachers attacked with urine and feces on their national day by pro-Maduro gangs

According to Medina, Bolivar state Governor Justo Noguera is not doing enough to assuage the grave situation since even in gas stations reserved only for bus service the lines can last up to three days, impacting the citizenry’s capability to mobilize.

“What we want is for the authorities to know, through this protest, that there are officials in the checkpoints that steal our gasoline, which we obtain one way or another. We know there is a gasoline shortage, but we have to lend a service to the people, so logically we need to find that fuel,” Medina protested, adding that drivers are threatened with jail if they don’t give up their gasoline.

- Advertisement -

“It’s impossible to cover the Troncal 10 route without at least one jerry can of gasoline,” Medina added.

Behind the news that you just read, there is another story. The story of a team of journalists who appreciates independence, just like you. A team who has the commitment to unveil injustice and the abuse of power. But to keep doing it, we need your support. Join our cause: to make the kind of journalism that shows you the facts and keeps you awake.SUPPORT JOURNALISM THAT SHOWS YOU THE FACTS AND KEEPS YOU AWAKE


What expect from Venezuelan National Assembly in 2020?

This January 5 begins a new period in Venezuela National Assembly, and it seems Juan Guaido will be reelected as Parliament...
Tu indignación es necesaria
Hazte Aliado