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Starving Venezuelans Swarm Supermarkets After Government Forces Price Cuts

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Starving Venezuelans Swarm Supermarkets After Government Forces Price Cuts

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Posted: Jan 06, 2018


Venezuelans clamored for food outside supermarkets in the impoverished country on Saturday, after leftwing socialist President Nicolas Maudro forced grocery stores to cut prices so that millions of people could afford to feed their families.

According to Reuters, the scene was chaotic.

“At one supermarket in a high-end district of Caracas, hundreds of people including babies, pensioners and children with disabilities gathered in chaotic scenes. "We're hungry! We want food!" they screamed. "In my house, we don't eat three times a day," said Mileidy Acosta, a 28-year-old with three children. "People are fed up. A person earning the minimum wage couldn't buy even tomato sauce."

Reuters continues, detailing the living hell that these citizens are experiencing due to socialism.

“Maduro raised the minimum wage this year, though at the black market exchange rate it is still worth just $2 per month. The Venezuelan currency has weakened some 98 percent against the U.S. dollar in the last year.

On top of hunger affecting millions, shortages of medicines have led to needless deaths as the country goes through an economic crisis. Long supermarket lines and people eating from the trash are common sights.”

As pointed out by William Amos on Twitter, Reuters reporter Alexandra Ulmer highlighted the long grocery lines for basic needs.

In September, Matt highlighted how desperate these people are for food and living supplies. Many citizens, including kids, have turned to prostitution and eating household pets in order to make money and stay alive.

We all know Venezuela is a socialist hellhole. The people have to deal with energy shortages and the resulting rolling blackouts. Basic items, like toilet paper, are lacking. They’re eating dogs, cats, and even zoo animals due to food shortages. Everyone from soldiers to the middle class is eating what they can out of garbage cans. In the hospitals, the lack of supplies has degraded health care in the country to conditions not seen since the 19thcentury. Soap and gloves are in short supply, with reports of cardboard boxes being used to give newborns some sort of bedding. The government has also resorted to weaponizing food (what’s left of it) to punish those who have criticized the socialist government led by the successor of the late Hugo Chavez, Nicolas Maduro. Now, with supplies dangerously low, we have this story from the Miami Herald, where they detail how teachers, doctors, and engineers have resorted to prostitution for food.
As one citizen noted today, the price cuts only briefly offer temporary relief.

"This doesn't help us. If they supply something, it'll be gone in a few days and they won't supply more," said Edgar Romero, a 45-year-old drummer. "But we have to eat."

Far left Democrats have praised Venezuela for years as a model of progressive paradise. In 2011, Bernie Sanders said in an official press release, “These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina, where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger.” That of course turned out not to be true.

This article has been updated to include photos and videos from Reuters



 

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You will know things are really, really bad down there when there is no food in the garbage cans to eat.
 

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The Socialists here in the US, should be given a one way plane ticket to Venezuela. They want the US to be Socialist, let them live first hand in their paradise to see if they can survive.
 

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The black market is thriving from Colombians, but you still need to have something to trade. The VZ bolivar is worthless, so they are using dollars and ass to get rice.
 

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Soon perhaps they will be at the Cambodian low. People with glasses better get Lasic or contacts, you know they go after the intellectuals who wear glasses.


Holiday in Venezuela [To the Tune of Holiday in Cambodia]
[Instrumental Intro]

[Verse 1]
So you've been to school for a year or two
And you know you've seen it all
In daddy's car thinkin' you'll go far
Back east your type don't crawl

Play ethnicky jazz to parade your snazz
On your five grand stereo
Braggin' that you know how the niggers feel cold
And the slums got so much soul


[Pre-Chorus]
It's time to taste what you most fear
Right Guard will not help you here
Brace yourself, my dear
Brace yourself, my dear:


[Chorus]
It's a holiday in Venezuela
It's tough, kid, but it's life
It's a holiday in Venezuela
Don't forget to pack a wife


[Verse 2]
You're a star-belly sneech, you suck like a leach
You want everyone to act like you
Kiss ass while you bitch so you can get rich
But your boss gets richer off you

Well you'll work harder with a gun in your back
For a bowl of rice a day
Slave for soldiers till you starve
Then your head is skewered on a stake

[Pre-Chorus]
Now you can go where people are one
Now you can go where they get things done
What you need, my son
What you need, my son
:

[Chorus]
Is a holiday in Venezuela
Where people dress in rags
A holiday in Venezuela
Where you'll kiss ass or crack


[Instrumental break]

Chávez
Chávez
Chávez
Chávez

Chávez
Chávez

Maduro, Maduro, Maduro, Maduro, Maduro
Bus Driver, Bus Driver, Bus Driver, Bus Driver, Bus Driver

[Outro]
And it's a holiday in Venezuela
Where you'll do what you're told
A holiday in Venezuela
Where the slums got so much soul

Nicolás Maduro!
 

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I have scores of "in-laws" in Venezuela. I've helped 8 of them (airline tickets to other South American countries, and Western Union to help them get started from zero again) since last August. (All this from my blue collar retirement income...)
Wanted to get a few hundred bucks to a few of those who remain in Venezuela, but if I Western Union $200, they only get the equivalent amount of Bolivars to buy a chicken... because of the totally FAKE "official exchange rate" that Maduro set up... reason why no foreign company is doing any business with the country.
A shame, and really stupid, because having the STATE directly STEAL the wired money rather than letting it circulate in the general economy makes no sense at all.
So I have to find somebody who has an account outside of Venezuela and another inside Venezuela, wire them the $$ to their "outside" account, and hope that they transfer a "decent amount of Bolivars" to my relatives from their "inside" account. What a pain...
 
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exchange rate" that Maduro set up... reason why no foreign company is doing any business with the country.
A shame, and really stupid, because having the STATE directly STEAL the wired money rather than letting it circulate in the general economy makes no sense at all.
It makes perfect sense. That is how Socialism rolls. Steal it to keep the govt running. Socialism biggest lie is that they want equality and care for people.

Venezuelans used to make fun of the Colombians who lived in a dysfunctional dangerous country with civil war, crappy currency. That was only 15 years ago. Ironically many Venezuelans with money left before things got too socialized and moved to Colombia. Colombia got the benefit of all the productive Venezuelans and is doing well.
 

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dacrunch, I understand your dillema. My in-laws were held hostage on the other side of the Iron Curtain, same kind of issues. However, when the commies started to lose their grip, I could go a a special store in Berlin, they had a long counter, above it they had on display mounted to the wall the various type packages you could send to Poland, they consisted of goods you could not obtain in Poland and were prime barder goods for getting medical and dental care, education, bribing government officials for special paperwork etc. You just told them I want package 5 or package 3, they took the name and address, and the package was delivered in Poland directly from the driver to the in-law. Or you could bring your own sealed package and they would deliver it for a fee. I knew then that the commies days were numbered. If smuggling was that open, what was to stop the CIA from smuggling in arms and munitions?
It will get dark, it always gets darkest before the dawn. The secret is to survive until the dawn.
 

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Another popular "trick" when the reds were falling apart was to book a tourist trip to the west on a bus. Round trip. Of course at the first stop in the west after crossing the border, everybody got off and ran away.
 

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There are many videos of starving Venezuelans, CNN, BBC etc. They never mention what really caused it (Socialism) only that there is a food shortage and people are suffering. Socialists would rather people starve and suffer than admit their ideology is a complete failure.

 

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When EVERYONE is starving then I guess they will have achieved their nirvana of "equality".
 

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When EVERYONE is starving then I guess they will have achieved their nirvana of "equality".
There's no guessing to be done.
 

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I would be worried about how the Chinese might nose into Venezuela.
That's an interesting thought. I think they would have the political clout and bribes to protect their investments. Maybe they could negotiate special enterprise zones where they could run businesses separately from the socialist maggots. The people would slowly see how badly corrupt their old system was, compared with the lesser corruption of the Chinese.
 

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So... tried to send 600 euros to relatives there. If I used Western Union, Maduro would take 90% of it... So the relatives knew people in Spain with accounts remaining in Venezuela. Sent it to them. But it turns out that even within the country, they are limited to how much they can transfer. Limited to 35 million bolivars... then the rest later... Currency gone the way of Zimbabwe...
 

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I would be worried about how the Chinese might nose into Venezuela.
China is already in Venezuela they borrowed money and now can not even make payments against the interest.
I'd say the only thing keeping China out is the distints to cross that big Pacific pond and how close/ easier for the US to get there. Jus' my WAG
 

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... and am still waiting on a young "niece" (with a degree in architecture) and her baby to make it by their own means the 600 miles to Colombia, to buy her a plane ticket to join up with most of her family that I've already flown to Peru. That'll bring the number of relatives I help get on their feet elsewhere to ten... since last August. Still leaves dozens starving in Caracas...

btw, I don't donate to ANY so-called "charities" (where only 10% reaches the intended "recipients"). It's like giving money to Maduro (or Clinton)... I know enough people "in need" without their "help", lol!
 
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And I'm the only "wealthy relative", retired on $2k/month (social security & labor union retirement)... Good thing I bought a couple fixer-upper multi-units back in the early 90s... Still have them, while most all of my PMs are gone... Just 100 oz of silver & a few roosters & sovereigns left.