When Hugo Chavez nationalized the mines in 2011, the exploitation of gold from the Amazonian forest was low and ensured by international companies.
Their departure attracts delinquent groups, the “pranes”, originally directed from Venezuelan prisons and the “syndicates”, criminal groups which have succeeded in eliminating the real unions in the factories of the region, which are very active in particular in the aluminum.
These delinquent groups invest the abandoned mines in the greatest disorder.
The Colombian armed groups sniff out a good deal and, on the strength of their experience in their country, are trying to settle in the Venezuelan Amazon.
The ravages of the gold rush in the Venezuelan Amazon
In January 2016, President Nicolas Maduro announced the creation of the Arco minero del Orinoco, an area of 112,000 km divided into four sectors to organize mining, mainly gold.
He announces his desire to sign agreements with international mining companies that will be able to operate in the region according to…
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