They denounce the arrest of the oil leader Eudis Girot

Rosario Ríos, an oil union leader, said that the executive director of the Futpv union and an outspoken critic of PDVSA’s management, is being held at the Dgcim.


07:59 PM / 19/11/2020

Venezuelan authorities arrested an oil union leader, workers’ leaders said this Thursday, as the repression against dissent in the troubled state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) continues by the government of President Nicolás Maduro.

Eudis Girot, executive director of the Futpv union and an outspoken critic of PDVSA’s management, wrote in a tweet this Wednesday night that the authorities had arrived at his residence with an arrest warrant.

José Bodas, another union leader, said Thursday that he had been arrested and demanded his release.

“Enough of the outrage and criminalization of the protests,” Girot, who is based in the city of Puerto La Cruz, wrote in his tweet.

Neither the Venezuelan Ministry of Information nor PDVSA responded to requests for comment. It was not immediately clear what, if any, charges Girot faces.

But Rosario Ríos, an oil union leader in the Anzoátegui state, in eastern Venezuela, said that Girot is being held in an office of the Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (Dgcim), in Pozuelo, a town in the state, which is in good health and he would be charged with terrorism and disclosure of confidential information.

Girot’s arrest comes after authorities detained Guillermo Zárraga, a union leader in the western state of Falcón, last week on terrorism charges that his wife denied in a post on social media.

Zárraga’s arrest came after Maduro said a “terrorist attack” caused an explosion in a tower at the Amuay refinery in Falcón, with a capacity of 645,000 barrels per day.

Earlier this year, authorities arrested a worker at PDVSA’s maritime subsidiary for allegedly criticizing Maduro at a meeting, as well as two executives from the company’s supply and marketing department for allegedly providing inside information to the United States.

PDVSA’s crude production and fuel refining have collapsed after years of underinvestment and mismanagement and, more recently, by US sanctions aimed at ousting Maduro.

Fuel shortages have become so bad that some Venezuelans have started stealing crude from inactive PDVSA fields and distilling homemade gasoline.


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