Workers of the Caracas Metro and the Ministry of Land Transport (MPPTT) have been subject to acts of violence by groups of right-wing Venezuelans, aimed at undermining public transport and attacking the staff who work there. Latest reports suggest that …

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Workers of the Caracas Metro and the Ministry of Land Transport (MPPTT) have been subject to acts of violence by groups of right-wing Venezuelans, aimed at undermining public transport and attacking the staff who work there.

Latest reports suggest that:

  • 36 workers have been injured, one of them with a knife
  • 200 people have received medical treatment
  • 40 Metrobuses were attacked with stones while passengers were inside.
  • Stations have had to be closed due to the ongoing violence

This fits into a pattern of violence aimed at destabilisation in Venezuela in recent weeks including the siege of the state TV station.

In a statement, the workers reported that extremist gangs brutally besieged the headquarters building of the Ministry of Transport, seriously attacking the safety and lives of workers on site.

It is reported that firearms were used to fire at one of the entrances of the headquarters building, and shattered one of the glass windows of the entrance.

“These gangs also savagely destroyed the facade of the building, breaking a lot of windows to the outside, and entering the building that way, wreaking havoc and harassing the workers who were present,” the statement explained.

Petrol bombs and rockets were also thrown towards the entrance, and there were attacks on the security and lives of the personnel at the Parque Carabobo station. Fine Arts and Central Park stations in downtown Caracas also suffered damage from the actions of violent groups.

Workers blamed the former mayor of Chacao, Leopoldo Lopez, for vandalism committed against the institutions of public transport, as well as all those who have called on the Venezuelan Right to “take the streets”.

Prominent trade union leaders in the British transport sector have expressed their solidarity with the workers of the Caracas Metro, condemning “the recent wave of violence from extremist elements of the right-wing opposition in Venezuela towards transport workers, the public transport system and the Ministry of Transport”.

Solidarity statement:

“As workers and unions in the field of transport, we totally condemn the recent wave of violence from extremist elements of the right-wing opposition in Venezuela towards transport workers, the public transport system and the Ministry of Transport. 36 workers have been injured in this spate of terror, 200 people have received medical treatment and 40 metrobuses attacked with passengers and staff inside.

Now, the Ministry of Transport has been attacked with firearms. In expressing our support for the statement of the Workers of the Caracas Metro and the Ministry of Land Transport (MPPTT), who have linked the violence to the wider pattern of opposition violence (including a siege of the state TV station VTV) aimed at de-stabilising the country’s constitutional and democratically elected government, we support President Nicolas Maduro and the transport workers’ calls for peace and dialogue, and an end to the extremist, anti-democratic violence of elements of the opposition.”

Signed by

Mick Carney, TSSA President (Transport Salaried Staffs Association) Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary (Transport Salaried Staffs Association) Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) Diana Holland, Unite the Union Assistant General Secretary (Transport) Peter Kavanagh, Regional Secretary, Unite the Union London & Eastern Region Martin Mayer, Unite the Union Executive Council (Member for Passenger Transport workers) James Mitchell, Unite the Union Executive Council (Member for Passenger Services workers) Karen Mitchell, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign Vice-Chair & RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) Katy Proctor, ASLEF Mohammad Taj,TUC President & Unite Executive Council (Equalities,) bus driver Mick Whelan, ASLEF General Secretary


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