Venezuela’s Socialism Has Triggered Looting Instead of Shopping

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - May 12, 2016, 9:55 am
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Venezuelans lost control this week when offered small portions. (PeriódicoVenezolano)

EspañolLootings are becoming a common occurrence in Venezuela, as the country’s food shortage resulted in yet another reported incident of violence in a supermarket — this time in the Luvebras Automarket located in the La Florida Province of Caracas.

Videos posted to social media showed desperate people falling over each other trying to get bags of rice. One user claimed the looting occurred because it is difficult to get cereal, and so people “broke down the doors and damaged infrastructure.”

In the central province of Carabobo, residents ransacked a corn warehouse located in the coastal city of Puerto Cabello. They reportedly broke down the gate because workers were giving away small portions.

“There’s no rice, no pasta, no flour,” resident Glerimar Yohan told La Costa, “only hunger.”

Yohan, like the approximately 50 other people asking employees to give her a “little bit” of corn to feed her children for breakfast, was turned away.

Warehouse workers indicated that people managed to get about 50 bags of unprocessed corn.

According to the local newspaper, Carabobo and municipal police later arrived to the scene and took control of the situation, but not before residents set tires and other objects on fire.

The mayor of Chacao Ramon Muchacho warned that Caribbean islands and Colombia may suffer an influx of refugees from Venezuela if food shortages continue in the country.

“As hunger deepens, we could see more Venezuelans fleeing by land or sea to an island,” Muchacho said.

The mayor’s statements come after Curaçao President of the Red Cross Angelo Ramirez reported that the island is preparing itself for possible Venezuelan refugees “in the event that the situation in Venezuela becomes worse.”

Muchacho recently reported that with so little food available on supermarket shelves, Venezuelans have taken to the streets to hunt pigeons and other animals — even in the richer regions of Caracas.

Source: El Nacional.

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Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Colombia: Uribe Calls for Civil Resistance against FARC Peace Deal

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - May 12, 2016, 9:02 am

EspañolFormer Colombian President and opposition leader of the Democratic Center Alvaro Uribe asked his country this week to take "civil resistance" against the peace agreements taking place between The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the government. The former president and current senator noted that citizen resistance would consist of marches and demonstrations, but these suggestions were met with controversy nationwide. [video width="1000" height="1000" mp4=""][/video] "Civil resistance is a constitutional form of opposition to this agreement of impunity with the FARC that creates new violence ... it is not sustainable because it is in clear violation of the International Criminal Court," Uribe said. He said he was not happy with the direction the talks are heading, because it lets FARC fighters off the hook. Read More: What Else WillColombians Yield to FARC in Peace Talks? "One of the issues we have to invoke against the plebiscite for citizens to vote no or abstain is that the agreement in Havana is open and disguised impunity. Open because the government accepted that drug trafficking is associated with a political offense, hence the world's largest cocaine cartel will not go to the jail, or be extradited." Reactions Senator Roy Barreras from the U Party, who is also the Chairman of the Senate Peace Commission, said he is "sad" that while the international community is waiting for peace, a former president of the republic and his party are trying to prevent it. Minister of the Interior Juan Fernando Cristo described Uribe's call to civil resistance "delusional and regrettable" because Colombians "have resisted 60 years of war" that now must end "with the agreements in Havana." // Senator Antonio Navarro Wolff from the Green Party Alliance, who was a guerrilla member of the defunct Movimiento 19 de Abril (M-19) said it was "unthinkable" to build civil resistance against a peace agreement and compared Uribe's attitude with United States Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Sources: La Fm; El Colombiano.

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