Dozens of shops have been ransacked this year in Venezuela as the country wrestles with a crippling shortage of basic goods. A man was even killed at the end of July when looting spiralled out of control in the north-eastern city of Ciudad Guyana. Our Observers say the violent turn of events testify to the population’s growing anger.
For two years, Venezuela’s shortage of basic necessities has been getting steadily worse. Sugar, flour, milk, oil, toilet paper, nappies, medicine and soap are among the products lacking on supermarket shelves. The scarcity has gotten even more severe in the last few months, forcing people to queue for hours in front of supermarkets and pharmacies.