Venezuela’s Food Shortages Trigger Long Lines, Hunger and Looting

LA SIBUCARA, Venezuela—Hours after they looted and set fire to a National Guard command post in this sun-baked corner of Venezuela earlier this month, a mob infuriated by worsening food shortages rammed trucks into the smoldering edifice, reducing it mostly to rubble.

The incident was just one of numerous violent clashes that have flared in pockets around the country in recent weeks as Venezuelans wait for hours in long supermarket lines for basics like milk and rice. Shortages have made hunger a palpable concern for many Wayuu Indians who live here at the northern tip of Venezuela’s 1,300-mile border with Colombia.

  • JoKeR

    Viva la revolución!

  • ThomasB

    What are they complaining about? They should be holding their heads up high (and ignoring their empty stomachs) knowing that their country’s high-minded, ethical, progressive socialist ideals are sticking it to the capitalist pigs everywhere!

  • Martin B

    If they’d reduced the Presidential Palace to a smoldering pile of rubble when Hugo was still in it, they’d be better off today.

  • WhiteRabbit3

    If there were any justice in the world, Oliver Stone, Sean Penn, Mark Weisbrot, and Danny Glover would be forced to line up for hours every day to buy the most basic of food stocks.

    But no, these idiots are affluent and well fed, all thanks to the economic system they so loathe and disparage.

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  • canminuteman

    Yeah, but I bet all the problems are caused by counter revolutionaries, and with just a bit more government power and control everything will be all right, like it was in every other communist country. Right?

    • David


    • UCSPanther

      Knowing how Communist regimes are known to treat food shortages, they probably see it as an opportunity (IE the Derg in Ethiopia).

      “Half of China may have to die” – Chairman Mao

    • Surele Surele

      this was always the excuse of communists…if only…it would’ve been a paradise… you phrased it perfectly.

  • UCSPanther

    La revolución ha fracasado.

    Fallo épico, Chavez y Maduro.

  • David Murrell

    Good WSJ article that all should read. Funny the Canadian media are censoring the food-shortage story in Venezuela.

    • Surele Surele

      they all went to the same school “Pravda” (that is “The Truth”) went.

    • Alain

      Probably because they understand that Venezuela has what we would call an NDP government and do not wish to alarm voters.

  • Hard Little Machine


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  • Pon Wup

    So, average man on the street, what’s it like being on the right side of history?

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    That’s another lesson over to learn (( Venezuela was too depending for it’s one economy, the oil market , now that the oil has collapse a complete crisis has taken over.