The socialist utopia of Venezuela, with more oil than Saudi Arabia, is unraveling before our eyes.
Over the last two weeks, several provinces have hosted scenes of looting in pharmacies, shopping malls, supermarkets, and food delivery trucks. In several markets, the people shouted “we are hungry!”.
On April 27, the Venezuelan Chamber of Food reported that the country’s food producers only had 15 days left of inventory.
As reported by PanAmPost, on the morning of May 11, 2016, some 5,000 Venezuelans converged on a supermarket in central Venezuela because there were rumors that some products not found anywhere else would be sold there.
According to the testimonies of merchants, people started jumping over the gates of the Maracay Wholesale Market. One eye witness told El Estímulo, “They took milk, pasta, flour, oil, and milk powder. There were 5,000 people.” Another witness said, “There were 250 people for each National Guard officer . . . lots of people and few soldiers. At least one officer was beat up because he tried to stop the crowd.”
An entrance gate collapsed under the weight of the crowd. The looting and mayhem resulted in at least two deaths, countless wounded, and millions of dolars in losses and damages.
Here’s the horrifying video:
It will get worse.
Oscar Meza, Director of the Documentation Center for Social Analysis, told Web Noticias Venezuela, “We are officially declaring May as the month that [widespread] hunger began in Venezuela.”
Meza explains that in March, Venezuela’s hyperinflation led to a 582.9% increase in food prices, at the same time as basic products became increasingly scarce — “Prices are so high that you can’t buy anything, so people don’t buy bread, they don’t buy flour. You get porridge, you see the price of chicken go up and families struggle … lunch is around 1,500 bolivars… People used to take food from home to work, but now you can’t anymore because you don’t have food at home.”
On May 13 in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, riot police faced off a hungry mob of protesters.
As reported by Reuters, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro declared a 60-day state of emergency. Shifting the blame from his failed government, Maduro justified the state of emergency as a counter-measure against a plot to subvert him by Venezuela’s “fascist right” and the United States. Maduro did not provide specifics.
According to a recent poll, nearly 70% of Venezuelans now say Maduro must go this year.
Dr. Eowyn’s post first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds