Gasoline shortages hit Caracas and other areas of the country today, forcing drivers into hours-long lines for the precious liquid.
Despite having once been a world leader in the oil industry and having the largest proven reserves on the planet, years of mismanagement and corruption have left Venezuela’s oil industry in ruins, resulting in frequent interruptions to gasoline service in the country.
The image below shows a long line of vehicles at a gas station, which is out of frame, somewhere in the city of Valencia earlier today:
Another line of vehicles at a gas station, this one from Barquisimeto:
The video below shows vehicles lined up near the city of Charallave. The tweet claims that drivers had to wait more than two hours to fill up their tanks:
The shortages forced some gas stations in Caracas to close for business. That was the case at this PDVSA station in the La Castellana area of the city:
A gas station in the Chacao neighbourhood did have gasoline, which caused a huge lineup to form:
Regime: Gas Shortages Due to “Sabotage”
Elvis Amoroso, the Comptroller General of the Republic, said in a radio interview today that the gas shortages felt throughout the country today were due to “sabotage”.
In an interview with Union Radio, Amoros suggested that some gas stations were deliberately trying to not sell gasoline. He said that some stations were operating with only two gas pumps even though they are outfitted with seven. It is not clear from his comments which gas station(s) in particular Amoroso was talking about.
Amoroso also said that “a blockade” was stopping repair parts for gasoline tankers from getting into the country, but provided no details to back up the claim.
Amoroso did not explain who was orchestrating the sabotage.
Brazilian VP Says Bolsonaro Will “Pressure” Venezuela Diplomatically
Brazil’s vice president-elect, Hamilton Mourao, said in an interview today that the incoming Bolsonaro government will place “diplomatic pressure” on the Maduro regime, which he claims “is nearing its end”.
Mouraou stressed that he did not believe that Brasilia should not take economic measures against Venezuela.
Bolsonaro was elected president on Sunday, and will formally take over control of the country in January.
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