the new Caracas drivers


April 1, 2019, 10:45 p.m.
Updated April 1, 2019 23:21

After suffering more than 120 hours of electrical failure, another day begins in the city of Caracas. People take to the streets with the expectation that they can start working, although the night before they announced in a national chain that there would be a reduction in working hours until 2:00 in the afternoon. But they have another concern, they must also address the water shortage that afflicts Greater Caracas due to constant power outages.

On the main avenue of Los Ruices, a group of citizens decided to protest against failures in basic services. They lock the street to demand the "cessation of the usurpation" of Nicholas Maduro.

"Maduro is unable to solve the problems we have," says a man who is supported by all the demonstrators. Meanwhile, more neighbors join the call of the Venezuelan opposition.

"The usurper does not have the capacity to restore all basic services, there is no light, there is no water, people have no way of dealing with this situation." The message to Maduro is that usurpation ceases and allows us to participate in free elections, " he to the National.

In the background, several people are shouting "freedom, freedom" and others are asking drivers to look for an alternative route.

The morning passes and the people of Caracas walk along the Milky Way with tobos and plastic containers of all sizes, despite the fact that the vehicles move at great speed around the place.

Photo: José Daniel Ramos

This distributor has become a strategic point, it is no longer just a road connecting the city center to the east, but also a "water use" area. Inhabitants of all areas of Greater Caracas go to that place to obtain the liquid.

Tired faces and long tails are what you see in every shot. Under an inclement sun people explain that they have more than 15 days without service, so they had to find a way to get water.

"I'm here from 5:00 a.m. I have more than 15 days without water and this is the majority of Venezuelans, I've seen a lot of people in many desperate situations," Francisco Redo said.

In the shots of the capital are also observed family groups and neighbors who have agreed to fill the largest number of recipients. Pedro Rodríguez indicates that, in addition to water, he is concerned about the blackouts registered in the country since March 7.

"The hardest thing is physical exertion, because there may be no light when you come home at night. What I ask the authorities is for them to leave and let us resolve this situation," Rodriguez said.

It is a day of work; However, many people were forced to deal with this problem.

"I have more than four hours here trying to get water. We also do not have light and it is difficult to do something like that, that is why I tell Maduro to put the batteries because we can not even work," says one man dragging the containers in the rhythm that moves the tail.

Some Caraqueños have days going to the chacaíto stream, in the foothills of Ávila, to fill their pipelines, toboggans and containers. Under the midday sun, a woman is inside the ravine, washing clothes.

"This is not happening, it's a psychological struggle, I've brought my grandchildren's uniforms, although I'm sure they will not have any classes, it's horrible what Venezuelans are living in. I do not think that changes because we ourselves are the culprits," he says while washing the shirts.

Photo: Jose Daniel Ramos

Later, an uproar is heard, a woman argues with a man because he has six containers. Others explain that all Venezuelans suffer from the same situation and that it is time for solidarity.

There are vehicles parked along Boyacá Avenue. It will be at 2:00 in the afternoon, when the workday will end, but the dissatisfaction has no schedule. Inhabitants of the avenue San Martin protest, despite the police presence, to demand the restitution of the services.

"There is no light, there is no water, we just want Maduro to leave," shout the demonstrators.

In the midst of the difficulties they face, Venezuelans remain hopeful that the situation in the country will improve and that soon they will have a better quality of life. "We have to continue, we will not end up being humiliating," says an old woman in a suffocating sun as she carries four soda containers that are now filled with water.


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