Twelve hours to fill the deposit in Venezuela

Gasoline rationing causes long queues and paralyzes the country with the largest oil reserves on the planet


Venezuelans wait in their cars for the arrival of their turn to fill the deposit at a gas station in Caracas.
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Venezuela is a queue that extends and multiplies by all its states, as do the magnificent ceibas with their endless branches and roots. But also with its thorns.The de facto gasoline rationing, whose office relives critical hours, has caused thousands and thousands of its citizens to spend many hours, and even days, waiting to fill their deposit. According to the opposition, up to 10 and 12 hours on average.

"It is the mother tail everywhere, the stakes are terrible, it reaches the toll," said Emilio lvarez, a Venezuelan with Galician blood, in the video uploaded on Thursday to his WhatsApp status. The queue chosen to summarize the state of the country followed yesterday at the entrance ofValencia, one of the most populated cities of Venezuela. Similar images and videos, adorned with all kinds of complaints, went viral in social networks, charged with verifying the revolutionary reality.

The extreme situation extends throughout the country, including Caracas, which the government tries to keep in a bubble to avoid protests, where the first queues began to be seen yesterday along with "closed" signs.

In Bolvar, border state with Brazil, the gas stations were militarized after seven days of drought in their bombs. In Zulia, border with Colombia and zone zero of the chavism because of the electric and water collapse, do not sell the fuel yesterday in your capital. In Delta Amacuro they simply do not look for it because there is not. In Tchira, MPs have seen how citizens stay for two days waiting andnot knowing when the fuel is going to arrive. Colearse (skipping the line) costs almost a minimum wage, but in cash, as little as gasoline itself, which is almost free.

Unstoppable trend

On the verge of paralysis, the gasolineros blame thethe lack of supply, reduced by 50%. In Mrida, Portuguesa, Lara, Aragua, Gurico and Monagas are repeated similar scenes, in the midst of national uncertainty. "We had already warned," insist the doomsayers.

It matters little that Venezuela has the largest oil reserves on the planet. The production after the electrical blackouts started in March has accelerated an unstoppable trend: from the historical record of three and a half million barrels of black gold to half a million today, when at the end of February one million barrels are still produced .

"There is no production, there is no refining," says trade unionist Ivn Freites, who says thatthe refineries work at 10% capacity. Until months ago, the Government of Maduro mitigated the deterioration of its facilities with the import of fuel, increasingly difficult due to financial inability and sanctions of the US, after the oil embargo this year and added to the multimillion-dollar corruption experienced in the state oil company Petrleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa), now in the hands of the military.

"Venezuela is without gasoline because of the populism of many years, it can not be that a gandola (road cistern) costs 0.002 dollars", denounced the deputyAngel Alvarado.

Rationing and control

In the country of the queues, these are today the most striking, but not the only ones. This week, the bags of the Clap, the Bolivarian version of the Cuban ration book and the greatsocial control toolin the middle of the hyperinflation that devours the country.

More than eight hours of waiting to buy at a subsidized price, not even half a dollar, a food group (1 bottle of oil, 3 kilos of flour, 3 kilos of rice, 1 of judas, 2 of pasta and 1 of sugar) with the return of milk, aorada the last months.A simple breakfast costs six times more in any bakery. "With that sun up there, eight hours and the mother mentions that they gave to the communal leaders.milk powder and this time I came from China. In the package says that only for adults. But of course, my two children also drink it. This pod is so sweet that we only take it with oatmeal, "clarifies Mara Marcano, 24 years old and neighbor of the same area where Maduro spent her adolescence.

To two subway stations,the barter did miracles like that of bread and fish. A neighbor changed the bottle of Clap Mexican oil for six cigarettes, valued at 6.000 bolivares (1.2 dollars) to the kiosk William Martnez. He told it to the ear, knowing that his smoking cravings played a trick on him: that same oil yesterday is sold in El Valle for 10,000 bolivares when the entire bag of products is purchased in 2,000.

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