Venezuelan Government decrees three days of mourning
President Hugo Chávez voiced his sorrow for the disaster in Amuay Refinery and promised an inquest into the event
- Blast at Venezuela's major oil refinery Amuay
- Substantial damages after blast in Venezuelan oil refinery Amuay
- Expert team enquires into blast in Amuay refinery
- Workers exact state of emergency in Pdvsa
- Venezuelan authorities confirm 26 fatalities in refinery blast
- Oil Minister: Amuay is to resume operations in two days
"I would like to voice my grief," the Head of State said in a telephone contact. He claimed to be very moved by the tragedy and came out in sympathy with the victims' relatives.
Chávez also ordered an in-depth investigation and take action accordingly.
"Fortunately, notwithstanding the tragedy, the major risk of potential extension of the fire is under control thanks to the prompt action of the expert fire brigade and Pdvsa workers," said a reassuring president.
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."