Land authority urges farmers to assign a portion of their lands
Ranchers at South Lake Maracaibo stay alert in the event of potential seizures
The alarms were raised in South Lake Maracaibo, Zulia state, west Venezuela, ahead of a potential new wave of seizures in that region. The National Lands Institute (INTI) is looking for plots of land to relocate squatters who have been staying for more than two weeks in the "rescued" Bolívar Farm, now La Bolivariana.
Ciro Labarca, the president of the Ranchers' Association of Colón Municipality (Aganaco) informed that the INTI called last Wednesday and Thursday the to the National Guard Command 27 owners of farms located in the municipalities of Sucre, Catatumbo and Colón. The purpose was to embolden them to assign to the State a portion of their property.
Labarca related that farmers are not willing to do it and requested the Executive Office to respect their rights.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."