Riots Military PMC Killing Civilians Economic Collapse


Ciudad Piar, Venezuela: Riots Military PMC Killing Civilians  Economic Collapse

Riots Military PMC Killing Civilians  Economic Collapse:
A new phase of the crisis as food distribution centers are raided over-night in Venezuela.  —  Hungry shoppers in Ciudad Piar will find their local PDVAL completely empty today. Photos of the aftermath show the place completely stripped.

By: Tailhook
In: WTF
Tags: Venezuela, Politics
Location: Venezuela (load item map)


 Acarigua, Venezuela:

Riots Military PMC Killing Civilians  Economic Collapse:
Outside of Caracas the government stores are empty. The hunger has begun. It’s just a matter time until it gets bloody.



Added: Feb-6-2016 Occurred On: Feb-6-2016
By: Tailhook
In: Other News, WTF
Tags: Venezuela, Politics
Location: Venezuela (load item map)


Caracas, Feb 26 (EFE).
Riots Military PMC Killing Civilians  Economic Collapse:  The shortage of food, medicines, household goods and personal hygiene products that Venezuela has suffered for several years has created new “jobs” in this country for those who profit from the crisis by speculating on it. Citizens known as “bachaqueros” (named for the fat ant species known as “bachacos”) purchase products at the subsidized “fair price” established by the government, only to resell them at a much higher price on the black market.

Riots Military PMC Killing Civilians  Economic Collapse:  At times bachaqueros resell products at prices 10 times higher than the regulated prices. Cornflour, the prime ingredient of Venezuela’s tasty arepas, valued at 20 bolivars (10 cents), is sold on the black market for as much as 500 bolivars ($2.50). According to a survey by pollster Datanalisis, 60 percent of citizens who form long lines outside markets are dedicated to the resale of regulated products, an activity penalized with fines and up to three years in jail.

Riots Military PMC Killing Civilians  Economic Collapse:   “The activities of bachaqueros is illegal but having people go hungry should also be illegal,” EFE was told by a woman who asked to remain anonymous, and who for the past year has distributed basic products to the offices where she works as a cleaning lady. She said that her activity, which earns her three times more than for her formal employment, doesn’t hurt anyone – “to the contrary, the buyers get to eat because I bring them milk, sugar…they can’t get away from their jobs to stand in line,” she said.

Riots Military PMC Killing Civilians  Economic Collapse:   Almost as a ritual, she goes before dawn Mondays and Saturdays to make her purchases. On those days of the week, people like her with ID card numbers ending in zero can make their purchases, according to a government regulation aimed at ending “the contraband and hoarding” by those they blame for all the scarcities.  To sidestep the regulations backed up by fingerprint-reading machines that identify the shopper so as to keep the individual from buying the same kind of product twice during the same week, some people carry forged ID cards.

Riots Military PMC Killing Civilians  Economic Collapse:   “Those who have several IDs can buy on different days, but I can’t,” Maria said.  Desperate, some consumers resort to “home-delivery bachaqueros” like Maria, to street vendors with improvised businesses who are exposed to detention and the seizure of their goods by the authorities, and even to “bachaqueros 2.0,” as the government calls those who resell goods on the Internet.  Officials in Puerto Cabello, a town in the central state of Carabobo, by pretending to be customers were able to locate and detain people peddling regulated goods on-line and penalized them with days of community service. EFE