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Venezuela Food Shortage Unrest Leads to Violence

Venezuela Food Shortage Unrest Leads to Violence

Catholic faithful ask for food during an annual procession in which the faithful carry a statue of the Divina Pastora (Divine Shepherdess) - patron saint of Barquisimeto, Venezuela - on Jan. 14, 2018. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 22 January 2018 11:31 AM

In Venezuela, a food shortage led to unrest with 100 incidents of looting and multiple deaths reported in most of the country's states, The Guardian reported Sunday.

Residents upset about lack of food at grocery stores on top of soaring prices have taken to breaking into markets and warehouses, invading farms and raiding food trucks, the newspaper said.

The Guardian wrote the individual incidents have marked the desperation of people. In one case, dozens of people allegedly forced their way onto a boat on Margarita Island to take its sardines catch, while in another incident, some reportedly broke into a veterinary school to kill two pregnant horses for meat, the newspaper said.

In another incident, some residents in the state of Mérida were caught on video stoning a cow after cornering it, The Guardian reported.

The Independent wrote in August that officials from the Zulia Metropolitan Zoological Park in Maracaibo and the Caricuao Zoo in Caracas reported that animals at their facilities had been stolen and killed for food.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has blamed the country's woes on an "economic war" waged by "right wingers" and foreign interests against his government, The Guardian said.

Maduro's critics, though, have charged that his government has disrupted domestic food production by expropriating farms and factories, while price controls have forced producers out of business, the newspaper stated.

Inflation rates in Venezuela have jumped 2,600 percent in recent months, according to the opposition-controlled legislature, the Miami Herald reported. The crisis has created poverty, personal insecurity, food scarcity, medicine shortages, and money insufficiency, the newspaper said.

Leonard Altamar, 41, a plumber working in the state of Maracaibo, Venezuela told, the Miami Herald that he accepted food along with cash for jobs.

"I just repaired a dishwasher and got paid with this spaghetti, a little bit of beef and 200,000 bolívares (or about $1.20)," Altamar told the Herald. "I began to accept this kind of payment in September. Doing this, at least my family can eat a little."

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