Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro blamed the “capitalist destructive system” for the pollution of “Mother Earth” this week; calling on all countries to adopt his “eco-socialist project” to protect the environment.
“On World Environmental Day, we ratify our eco-socialist project as the only way to achieve life balance in Mother Earth. I call on the peoples to commit themselves to the struggle against the damages caused by the capitalist destructive system,” posted the dictator on social media.
En el Día Mundial del Ambiente, ratificamos nuestro proyecto ecosocialista como única vía para lograr equilibrio de la vida en la Pachamama. Llamo a los pueblos a comprometerse en la lucha contra los daños que ha ocasionado el sistema destructor capitalista. ¡Salvemos el Planeta! pic.twitter.com/5Jt38ZTaJg
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) June 5, 2019
On World Environmental Day, we ratify our eco-socialist project as the only way to achieve life balance in Mother Earth. I call on the peoples to commit themselves to the struggle against the damages caused by the capitalist destructive system. […] https://t.co/nz9G0HjYh6
— Nicolás Maduro (@maduro_en) June 5, 2019
Venezuela’s feared street gangs -known for armed robberies across the Capital in recent years- are now “feeling the pinch” of the socialist nation’s crumbling economy, with a sharp decline in robberies as the country’s currency becomes “near worthless.”
“Firing a gun has become a luxury. Bullets are expensive at $1 each. And with less cash circulating on the street, he says robberies just don’t pay like they used to,” reports NBC News.
“But in something of an unexpected silver lining to the country’s all-consuming economic crunch, experts say armed assaults and killings are plummeting in one of the world’s most violent nations. At the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, a Caracas-based nonprofit group, researchers estimate homicides have plunged up to 20% over the last three years based on tallies from media clippings and sources at local morgues,” adds the report.
Inflation for Venezuela’s failing currency topped 1,000,000% in 2018.
Millions of starving Venezuelans continued their struggle to find food and basic necessities over the weekend, with multiple outlets reporting “mile-long” lines for gasoline in the once oil-rich nation.
“U.S. sanctions on oil-rich Venezuela appear to be taking hold, resulting in mile-long lines for fuel in the South American nation’s second-largest city, Maracaibo,” reports the Associated Press. “Some drivers said they’d had to wait almost 24 hours to fuel up, and people have been grabbing catnaps on the hoods of cars or in truck beds.”
“I’ve spent four days trying to get gasoline,” said one resident. “But I couldn’t.”
Locals complained to city officials after Police Officers reportedly accepted bribes of $3.60 -more than half of Venezuela’s monthly minimum wage- to cut the lines and purchase gasoline.
The gas shortage comes less than two weeks after opposition leader Juan Guaido launched a nationwide uprising with the hopes of removing socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro.
Guaido -recognized as Venezuela’s interim President by more than 50 countries- blamed the “failure” on senior military officials’ decision to support Maduro’s regime as tens of thousands protested across Caracas.
“There have been discussions… with civil and military officials who are ready to take the side of our constitution,” he added. “I’m very optimistic given that we are very close to achieving change in Venezuela.”
Maduro publicly blamed the uprising on the United States, saying the so-called “coup” was directed from the “Gringo Empire” based in Washington, DC.
Read the full report at NBC News.
CRISIS DEEPENS: ‘Millions’ of Venezuelans Without Water, Food, Medicine
A series of crippling blackouts are rapidly escalating Venezuela’s severe humanitarian crisis this week; with local media reporting “millions” are coping with a lack of water, food, and medical supplies across the impoverished country.
“Millions of Venezuelans were left without running water Monday amid a series of massive blackouts, forcing President Nicolas Maduro to announce electricity rationing and school closures as the government struggles to cope with a deepening economic crisis,” writes Yahoo News.
“We have small children and we aren’t able to give them a drop of water to drink,” said one resident.
“We fill up from a well near here but we don’t know if it’s drinkable. But we’re using it,” added another.
Maduro’s recent plan involves closing schools and other government-run facilities as well as “shortening” the national work day to reduce electrical demand.
Read the full report at Yahoo News.
DEVELOPING: Desperate Venezuelans Turn to ‘Sewage Pipes’ for Water as Blackout Continues
Desperate Venezuelans turned to “sewage drains” and other drastic measures to obtain water Tuesday as the nation’s blackout continued to cripple the country’s infrastructure and crumbling economy.
“As Venezuela’s five-day power blackout left homes without water, Lilibeth Tejedor found herself looking for it on Monday in the last place she would have imagined – a drain pipe feeding into a river carrying sewage through the capital,” reports Reuters.
“Tejedor, 28, joined dozens of people who had flocked to the Guaire river, which snakes along the bottom of a sharp ravine alongside Caracas’ main highway, to fill up a four-gallon (15 liter) plastic container,” adds the report.
“The ones that are most affected are the children, because how do you tell a child that there’s no water?” said one resident.
Venezuela’s socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro has publicly blamed the blackout on US authorities; accusing the Trump administration of launching “electrical warfare” against his regime.
Read the full report at Reuters.