Caracas, May 26, 2020
PCV PROPOSES: THAT THE DISTRIBUTION AND SALE OF GASOLINE GO TO SOCIAL CONTROL. THE MILITARY AND POLICE MUST PROVIDE UNCONTROLLED SUPPORT
Regarding the arrival of the first Iranian cargo ship with gasoline and additives for the refining of fuel in our country, the VCP issued a statement highlighting how cooperation between two nations besieged by U.S. imperialism, can successfully challenge its hegemony and to enforce the right to self-determination in the face of crude threats from the Trump administration. It is certainly relevant that the Monroe Doctrine (“America for North Americans”), renewed by the current United States Government, is being defeated this time.
However, we Venezuelan communists are clear that the arrival of Iranian gasoline, while a important palliative, is not the solution to the fuel problem in Venezuela. It is necessary to reactivate the Venezuelan refineries with the leading participation of their workers, safeguarding state property about these and the entire oil industry. Similarly, it is necessary to define a fuel policy that serves the needs of the working people and national productive development, prioritizing food, health, transportation and basic services, to advance towards the defeat of the imperialist siege and for a revolutionary way out of the crisis.
In this sense, it is imperative and urgent to defeat the mafias and the criminals of resale, diversion and with embarrassing and reprehensible episodes of abuse of authority and violence against citizens and gasoline smuggling. The VCP demands and proposes to immediately establish popular control over distribution and sale of gasoline, to put an end once and for all to the illegal rattling and collection of dollars or any other currency incurred by many of the GNB and police forces in charge of the control of the fuel supply.
The illegal collection of gasoline, especially in foreign currency, becomes a perverse factor that adds to the exponential increase in prices of premium products necessity, aggravating the hardships of the working people, defenseless against the criminal high cost of living. Service stations should no longer be run at will by military or police officials, because among them there are unscrupulous subjects (particularly from the GNB), who have turned them into a business with embarrassing and reprehensible episodes of abuse of authority and violence against citizens..
The Committee has also been concerned by the fact that the government has not been able to provide the necessary information to the public on the subject citizens. Situations that have worsened during social quarantine, where even criteria are not respected of priority for workers in essential services.