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.
A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.