Thursday , May 19 2022

They deny arresting oil leader Eudis Girot


Rosario Ríos, an oil union leader, said the executive director of the Futpv union and a staunch critic of the management of PDVSA, was detained in the Dgcim.


Venezuelan authorities arrested an oil union leader, workers’ leaders said on Thursday 19-N, while the oppression of dissent in the troubled state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) by President Nicolás Maduro’s government continued.

Eudis Girot, executive director of the Futpv union and an outspoken critic of the management of PDVSA, wrote in a tweet this Wednesday night that the authorities had arrived at his home with an arrest warrant.

José Bodas, another union leader, said Thursday that he had been arrested and demanded his release.

“Plenty of anger and outrage at the protests,” Girot, based in the city of Puerto La Cruz, wrote in his tweet.

Neither the Venezuelan Ministry of Information nor PDVSA responded to requests for comment. It was not immediately clear what, if any, accusations Girot is facing.

But Rosario Ríos, an oil union leader in Anzoátegui province, in eastern Venezuela, said Girot was held in the office of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (Dgcim), in Pozuelo, a state town, which is in good health and getting accused him of terrorism and disclosing confidential information.

Girot’s arrest comes after authorities detained Guillermo Zárraga, a union leader in the western state of Falcón, last week on terrorism allegations that denied his wife in a post on social media.

Zárraga’s arrest came after Maduro said a “terrorist attack” had caused an explosion in a tower at the Amuay refinery in Falcón, with a capacity of 645,000 barrels a day.

Earlier this year, authorities arrested an employee at PDVSA’s maritime subsidiary for allegedly criticizing Maduro at a meeting, as well as two executives from the company’s supply and marketing department for allegedly providing insider information to the United States.

PDVSA’s crude and refined fuel production has plummeted after years of underinvestment and mismanagement and, more recently, by U.S. sanctions aimed at letting Maduro out.

The fuel shortage has become so bad that some Venezuelans have started stealing raw from PDVSA inactive fields and distilling homemade gasoline.

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