Maduro: Venezuela was a colony of the gringo oil multinationals
Nicolás Maduro swore allegiance to Hugo Chávez and the working class, particularly the oil working class. "I have the legacy of Chávez. I assure you that we will come in 2, 4, or 6 years, and we will ascertain that you, working men and women, have built an energy power at the Orinoco Oil Belt," he said
During an inspection of the Orinoco Oil Belt in Monagas state, east Venezuela, Maduro said that corporations "used to exploit workers and discriminated against Venezuelans." In this regard, he said he was confident that workers would defend the oil sector "with their own lives" if "the bourgeoisie tries to privatize it someday."
Maduro stressed, "When we say that the oil belt holds the world's largest reserves, we say (Liberator Simón) Bolívar is alive." In this regard, he added, "In order to speak about Bolívar, we have to talk about Chávez because he brought him (Bolívar) to the 21st Century, because he (Chávez) turned him (Bolívar) into working women and working men."
Maduro swore allegiance to Chávez and the working class, particularly oil workers. "I have the legacy of Chávez. I assure you that we will come in 2, 4, or 6 years, and we will ascertain that you, working men and women, have built an energy power at the Orinoco Oil Belt," he said.
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.