“You have to queue up to three days to get 20 liters”

Dimas resides in Puerto Ordaz in the state of Bolívar, currently unemployed.

Here the shortage started last year, and now there is almost no gas. So when I have to walk less than five kilometers from home I go. There are still buses, but very few, and when they pass they are always packed. So I prefer not to borrow them so as not to take any risks [par rapport à la pandémie de Covid-19, NDLR].

All Venezuelans interviewed by our editorial board confirmed that public transport had almost disappeared. There are still some taxis left, but prices have risen.

Fuel sent from Iran

In support, Iran has sent five tankers to Venezuela, four of which arrived last week. The Venezuelan oil minister said they brought “fuels, additives, spare parts and other equipment to straighten out [leur] refining capacity and [leur] oil. “These supplies, which should temporarily liberate the country, come with increased tension between Tehran and Washington.

Increase in gasoline prices and end of state monopoly on fuel sales, from June 1

However, these deliveries come at a price. On Saturday, May 30, Nicolás Maduro announced that fuel prices would go up from 1 June: the liter will now cost 5,000 bolivars (or EUR 0.02), compared to 0.00006 bolivars (less than EUR 0.01) earlier.

He also said that 200 gas stations operated by private companies could now sell gasoline at the international price, set at “50 cents per liter” (EUR 0.45), thereby ending the monopoly to Venezuela’s state in the sale of fuels.

Finally, he said that public transport of passengers and goods would be 100% subsidized for 90 days.

Article written by Chloé Lauvergnier (@clauvergnier).