VP Maduro approves funds for victims of Caracazo
A total of 34 families will be indemnified
In his speech, Maduro disclosed the approval of funds to indemnify "a substantial percentage of families and youngsters who were slain and gave their lives 24 years ago." The amount totals USD 1.93 million to enforce a decree issued by President Hugo Chávez on February 17, 2009.
"Victims and relatives have been gradually identified, and little by little the relatives of the fallen have been secured. Under this memorandum account, 34 families are being safeguarded," he said.
In the ceremony, also attended by National Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello, Maduro extolled the civilian-military union which, according to him, is present nowadays. In his words, "the massacred people mean power in Venezuela and lead a beautiful, democratic and socialist revolution."
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.