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Title: Venezuela has a bread shortage. The government has decided bakers are the problem.
Source: Miami Herald
URL Source: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nat ... enezuela/article138964428.html
Published: Mar 16, 2017
Author: Jim Wyss
Post Date: 2017-03-17 17:32:04 by HomerBohn
Keywords: None
Views: 40
Comments: 3

BOGOTA, Colombia —

Facing a bread shortage that is spawning massive lines and souring the national mood, the Venezuelan government is responding this week by detaining bakers and seizing establishments.

In a press release, the National Superintendent for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights said it had charged four people and temporarily seized two bakeries as the socialist administration accused bakers of being part of a broad “economic war” aimed at destabilizing the country.

In a statement, the government said the bakers had been selling underweight bread and were using price-regulated flour to illegally make specialty items, like sweet rolls and croissants.

The government said bakeries are only allowed to produce French bread and white loaves, or pan canilla, with government-imported flour. However, in a tweet on Thursday, price control czar William Contreras said only 90 percent of baked goods had to be price-controlled products.

Two bakeries were also seized for 90 days for breaking a number of rules, including selling overpriced bread.

Juan Crespo, the president of the Industrial Flour Union called Sintra-Harina, which represents 9,000 bakeries nationwide, said the government’s heavy hand isn’t going to solve the problem.

“The government isn’t importing enough wheat,” he said. “If you don’t have wheat, you don’t have flour, and if you don’t have flour, you don’t have bread.”

He said the country needs four, 30-ton boats of wheat every month to cover basic demand.

The notion that bread could become an issue in Venezuela is one more indictment of an economic system gone bust. The country boasts the world’s largest oil reserves but it has to import just about everything else. Facing a cash crunch, the government has dramatically cut back imports, sparking shortages, massive lines and fueling triple-digit inflation.

Earlier this week, President Nicolás Maduro launched “Plan 700” against what he called a “bread war,” ordering officials to do spot checks of bakeries nationwide. In the plan, the government said it would not allow people to stand in line for bread but it’s unclear how it might enforce the order.

“The government is doing everything in its power to end the bread lines,” Crespo said, “but they’re looking at the whole thing backwards.”

Crespo said he’d been in touch with several union members in Caracas and that most said they’d passed the inspection by simply opening their pantries.

“The bakeries are showing the authorities that they have no bread inventory,” he said. “The government has to see the reality.”


Poster Comment:

Socialism (Communism) is always the best way to ruin a nation. Venezuela is a basket case. If it wasn't for the last election here we'd be following Venezuela. The domestic enemies of Trump are the enemies of America. We need to make certain that they fail....miserably. That includes Obama and his shadow government composed of left-wing flunkies.

Large amounts of the wheat imported has been taken my the Venezuelan Army for their own use and for sale on the black Market. The bakeries have been forced by corrupt army officers to pay the exorbitant black market prices for the wheat in order to stay in business. One wonders just how much longer the people of Venezuela are going to put up with this.

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#1. To: HomerBohn (#0)

One wonders just how much longer the people of Venezuela are going to put up with this.

It's amazing to me that Maduro wasn't been forced from office long ago. It may make an interesting study to understand why that has not hap It's amazing to me that Maduro wasn't been forced from office long ago. It may make an interesting study to understand why that has not happened. Latin America is better known for driving presidents from power. pened. Latin America is better known for driving presidents from power.

Pinguinite  posted on  2017-03-17   19:39:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: HomerBohn (#0)

Sounds about right. Leftist governments can never admit or even suggest that anything that fails is their fault,so arrests followed by executions or innocent non-political victims usually follow to take any blame and all the attention away from their government czars.

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ISLAM MEANS SUBMISSION!

Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority? (Ron Paul,2012)

American Indians had open borders. Look at how well that worked out for them.

sneakypete  posted on  2017-03-17   20:16:31 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: HomerBohn (#0) (Edited)

These guys have truly failed to learn from history, when Rome was bankrupt the Ceasars kept the populations mind off the problem with bread and circuses.

What they need to do is make sure there is more than enough bread, forget buying more exotic foods and find a good spectacle, literally circuses or sporting events and distribute the bread there free. perhaps the public execution of those errant bakers and any other black marketeer. but they really shouldn't have a problem, all the cocaine in the world is just across the border and flowing through Venezeula so they should tax it a little to pay for the bread

paraclete  posted on  2017-03-18   8:10:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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