This shipment of new buses from China is only one of several received in Venezuela over the last couple of years. We received the last shipment of 900 buses in early 2014. Venezuela provides excellent bus service, locally and long distance. These new buses are put in service to modernize the public transportation fleet but some of those buses replaced those destroyed by terrorist attacks by the opposition, beginning with the guarimbas, February-April and continuing sporadically through December, 2014. Here are a few examples:
- 40 buses destroyed with molotovs and other weapons in 3 different opposition districts of Chacao, Sucre and Baruta simultaneously in Caracas during the week of February 16, 2014.
- 50 public transportation buses were set ablaze by the opposition fascists in Maracay on Feb. 24, 2014 and 9 buses burned in Tachira State on the Colombian border on April 29, 2014 among other attacks on public transportation.
- In November 2014, 7 empty student buses were destroyed at the public university here in La Victoria with incendiary bombs using timers to blow them up simultaneously in the parking lot of the university. Intelligence services revealed that the bombs were placed in the buses in Barinas earlier. They were meant to terrorize the students who depend on bus transportation to attend public universities across the country, demonstrating that they could have done this with the buses filled with passengers. On December 7, 2014, three other university buses were destroyed by terrorist attacks at UNEFA (public university in Barinas). These are just a few examples of the many buses, bus stations and other
public facilities that were destroyed during the guarimba attacks last
When the terrorists destroy public buses, the Maduro government responds rapidly and defiantly. In each case, President Maduro orders the immediate replacement of the destroyed units with these new modern, air conditioned buses supplied by China.
- Les Blough, Editor
Axis of Logic
|Another shipment of Bolivarian buses received from China, modernizing Venezuela's public transportation system.
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has vowed to “modernize” his nation's public transport system, with Chinese cooperation.
Venezuela received 258 new buses from China this week, under a series of bilateral deals that have seen Beijing make a slew of major contributions to Venezuelan public transport in recent years.
All the new buses were produced by Chinese conglomerate Yutong, and most are slated for use in urban public transport.
The delivery is the latest in a series of Chinese contributions to Venezuelan public transport.
The first shipment of 350 Yutong buses under the latest bilateral transport agreement arrived in Venezuela in December 2014. In total, Venezuela is expected to receive 1500 buses under the deal. Venezuela has already purchased thousands more buses from the same Chinese company, under what Maduro has labeled a drive to “modernize” his nation's public transport system.
China and Venezuela also share a slew of partnerships in areas ranging from technology and communication, to housing and finance.
During a historic summit between China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in January, Maduro hailed Beijing's investment in Latin America as a game changer.
“I would like to repeat what (former) President (Hugo) Chavez said, that the reality is that China is showing the world the possibility of a country without pretensions of imperialism or pretensions of seeking hegemony as it grows stronger,” Maduro stated during the opening ceremony of the summit.
He continued by stating, “This is a vital point. I told President Xi Jinping over dinner last night: there is unique opportunity in this moment in history we're living through.”
The Venezuelan president contrasted Beijing's involvement in Latin America to U.S. imperialism, pointing to Washington's recent decision to impose new sanctions on Venezuela.
“We reject the economic sanctions as mechanisms of domination, that is the world of the past,” he said, referring to U.S. sanctions passed in December 2014 that target officials from his government.
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