For days, this South American country, led by the highly controversial Nicolás Maduro, has been living with the rhythm of a series of arrests in oil circles, one wonders if this does not mask a form of political purge.
The first arrests began on March 17 and have accelerated in recent days. 51 people are now behind bars and all are linked to major industries in the country. The whole thing has been expertly staged by the authorities: a special interlude to programs on national television, pictures of suspects arrested at night, and then all forced to wear An orange jumpsuit It reminds former prisoners of the US base of Guantanamo.
Nothing left. And Attorney General Tarek William Sapp Use big words: “Venezuela is today an example to the whole world in its ceaseless struggle against the deadly scourge of corruption. Corruption was born with civilization. Civilization was born, and with it corruption!” The prosecutor promises new arrests in the coming days and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro adds: “Let’s go!”
Oil circles on crosshairs
Among those arrested are elected officials: a mayor, a deputy, judges. Business leaders above all: Antonio Perez, Vice President of the National Oil Companies, Petroleos de Venezuela, Pedro Maldonado, President of the Mineral Exploitation Company (Gold, Diamonds, Bauxite), Nestor Astutillo, Director of the General Steel Company.
The investigations are specifically targeting oil circles, suspected of speculating in cryptocurrency to avoid US sanctions. Oil Minister Tarek Al Aissami had to resign, and the public prosecutor declined to say whether he would also be charged.
Venezuela’s main resource is oil: the country of 28 million people has the largest reserves in the world, along with Saudi Arabia. But under the impact of US sanctions and inefficient management, production has fallen. Shakti seeks to revive it.
Sectarian Struggles and Communication Activity
Suspicions of a political purge are real, as Maduro’s Venezuela has really gotten used to. Corruption trials have been routine for six years: a total of 31. Hundreds have been arrested over the years. And the profile of the accused suggests that power has a way of deposing rivals. For example, a resigning oil minister is at loggerheads with the Speaker of Parliament. It also hits on a feud with former relatives of Nicolás Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chávez, and settling scores.
Authority protects itself from any political purges: “Since when is theft an ideology?” Objections to the Attorney General. However, at least one country has a large communication function One of the most corrupt in the world, It ranked 177 out of 180 in the Corruption Perceptions Index by the NGO Transparency International.
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