Many reports are coming out of Venezuela indicating that societal decline there continues, dangerously. The first of the accompanying articles reports that most of the country’s inventory of fuel tanker trucks is now out of service. Without context that report might seem to be a relatively minor item in the litany of Venezuelan woes, but it serves to remind that as the entire economic structure collapses, what seem like simple fixes to shortages become increasingly impossible. As the second reference notes, the delivery trucks in service are not carrying gasoline produced inside Venezuela, as domestic refining has all but ceased. The gasoline is coming from Iran, but without a robust delivery system, the regime cannot fulfill its promises of making fuel available around the country so as to end the long waiting lines at gas pumps. One petroleum union leader predicts that when the Iranian gasoline runs out in a couple of months there will be yet another round of street protests. There is no debate about how unhappy the majority of the population is with the regime, especially outside of Caracas. The third accompanying reference is of a recent UN human rights report. While the contents will not come as new to analysts who have been following the region, the report is a reminder about the nature of the Bolivarian regime. The regime has not been destructive only because of its corruption or the failures of its Cuban inspired central-planning. It is also a habitual abuser of basic human rights, even according to the UN. Effective internal political opposition does not appear likely. The fourth reference is reportage of what for some Venezuelans is the most disheartening. A meeting occurred between representatives of the Maduro regime and Henrique Capriles, one of the better-known personalities from within what has passed for the opposition. Capriles apparently came to another accommodation with the regime regarding a proposed new round of public referenda. 

…there are not sufficient tankers to distribute the gasoline…

Source: “No hay suficientes gandolas para distribuir la gasolina (There aren’t enough tanker trucks to distribute the gasoline),” El Nacional, 6 October 2020.

“Eudis Girot, executive director of the Unitary Federation of Venezuelan Petroleum Workers pointed out that of 1,568 service stations, only 370 are functioning. The majority, he said, charged in dollars. He explained that there are not sufficient tankers to distribute the gasoline. ‘Serious supply problems. Of 2,700 tankers only 469 are operative. The rest are in bad condition.’”

…by December the lines and protests in the country will begin again…

Source: “Gasolina iraní para dos meses: advierten que en diciembre regresarán las colas y las protestas (Iranian gasoline for two months; they warn that in December the lines and the protests will begin again),” El Nacional, 4 October 2020.

“The 900,000 barrels of Iranian gasoline the Nicolás Maduro regime bought to soften the shortage in the internal market will only be enough for two months…The union leader warned that by December the lines and protests in the country will begin again because of the irregularities in the supply of fuel… It is not just a question of the shortage of gasoline, to that must be added the electrical outages, the shortage of piped potable water and an implacable economic crisis that the regime has not been able to handle…”

…Maduro and the ministers of Defense and the Interior knew about the crimes…

Source: Editors, “Venezuela: Misión de la ONU indica que las autoridades cometieron violaciones graves de los derechos humanos (Venezuela: UN mission indicates that the authorities committed grave human rights violations),” Noticias ONU, 16 September.

“The Independent International United Nations Mission for fact-finding about Venezuela reported that the government as well as state agents and groups who work with them have committed flagrant violations of human rights in that country. The report of the group of experts indicated that President Maduro and the ministers of Defense and Interior knew about the crimes.”

…The Venezuelan opposition had better finish making itself independent from the United States…

Source: “Arreaza confirma reunión con Capriles: “Se llegaron a acuerdos importantes (Arreaza confirms meeting with Capriles: They came to important agreements),” Nacionales Política, 6 October 2020.;

“Minister Jorge Arreaza confirmed in an interview with El País, of Spain, that the government of Nicolás Maduro carried out meetings with the opposition sector led by Henrique Capriles and representative Stalin González, in which ‘important agreements’ were reached…‘The Venezuelan opposition had better finish making itself independent from the United States,’ responded Arreaza on being asked if there had been a meeting with the ex-presidential candidate.”

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