The "pork crisis" in Venezuela becomes in a revolt of the poor

rampant inflation, chronic shortages and unfulfilled promises have combined to provoke a revolt against misery with which Venezuelans are living the holidays. A protest is not political, like other social unrest fueled by the opposition, but caused by the shortage of daily life, animated by the poorest sectors of the population and has even usually loyal to Chavez areas. Inflation of 2,500 percent at the end of 2017 has driven prices to unbearable levels. And between famine and scarcity, many Venezuelans wonder whether this year will not see the year taking the traditional twelve grapes, which have reached astronomical prices. Nor will there be the usual products at a table year-end: ham, apples, nuts and even a glass of traditional cream punch. The popular uprising has unleashed the so-called "pork crisis". Trumpeted the President Maduro promised the poorest and militant Chavista massive imports of hams for Christmas. But he could not keep his promise, prompting a wave of protests in the country, especially in the most disadvantaged areas. Yesterday's protest was held in the town of Catia, west of Caracas, where protesters were stationed in Sucre Avenue to demand the promised food. "We cheat ... The food, the toys were crap," cried the protesters, as reported by "El Nacional". It is symptomatic that many protesters are carriers of these days Chavistas the "homeland card" with the waiting access packages with hams mythical. But Maduro did not think the blame is his, but from Portugal, Colombia and the US, as usual in his speech external sabotage. Chavez accused the government of Portugal to sabotage the import of perniles. But the Portuguese Foreign Ministry has denied any responsibility for the failures of supply and stressed that they have "the power to sabotage" the importation of food. The indictment was a boomerang for Maduro, who was in a position very slighted after the food company Lusa Raporal indicate that the Venezuelan government needs 40 million euros to several lusas signatures for a shipment of Christmas hams shipped in 2016. After trying to blame Portugal by the crisis, the government lashed out against Colombia. Freddy Bernal, Urban Agriculture Minister, said yesterday in his Twitter account that 2,200 tons of ham are retained on the Colombian border, with malicious intent alleged that Venezuelans do not eat ham for the holidays. "I inform Venezuela that 2,200 tons of pork are held in Colombia," he said while insisting that "the sabotage is not only" of the United States, which would have caused the crisis by "freeze him accounts to those who sell them food to country". The ghost US and penalties always appears in all Venezuelan domestic crisis. "The Colombian government for 7 days remains retained the haunches on the border of Paraguachón (between La Guajira and the Venezuelan state of Zulia)," insisted Bernal, who is also in charge of distributing food bags so-called Local Committees Supply and Production (CLAP), the Chavistas soviets for food delivery. The minister even tried out his chest to ensure that "60% of the haunch so far" has been distributed "is due to the purchase made to domestic producers." Maduro has never recognized runaway inflation this year could close at 2.500 percent, said economist consultant of the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), Asdrubal Oliveros. In this regard, the opposition has warned that if the government does not change economic policy, Venezuela shall not exceed hyperinflation. One example that seems minor, but it is indicative of everyday misery is the crazy price of grapes for this year end. The price of grapes varies depending on their origin. By kilo of grape criolla get to pay between 200,000 and 450,000 bolivars (US $ 4.5 to the parallel exchange 100,000) per kilo, while a kilo of imported grapes or grapes balloon cost up to 900,000 or even 1,500,000 bolivars (15 dollars) a kilo. The minimum wage in Venezuela is 277,000 bolivars ($ 2.7). In the best case, a good salary rarely exceeds 6 million bolivars ($ 60 per month). Following the table New Year, the price of hazelnuts and walnuts ranges from 800,000 to one million bolivars ($ 10) a kilo, imported apples can cost up to 400,000 bolivars ($ 4) a kilo and national tangerines, to 30,000 per kilo.


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