Its a war against bread makers! In a statement released by the the National Superintendent for the Defence of Socio-economic Rights in Venezuela it details how they have arrested four people and have closed down two bakeries in Venezuela because apparently they are part of an “economic war” and were trying to destabilize Venezuelans economy by selling bread.
The statement said that the individuals arrested were selling illegal underweight bread and were using regulated flour to make banned speciality items such as sweet rolls and croissants.
President Nicolas Maduro is blaming the bakeries for the bread shortage and was said that he plans to take/seize control of bakeries.
“They’re going to pay, I swear. Those responsible for the bread war are going to pay and they better not complain that it was a political persecution,”
President Nicolas Maduro has also started Plan 700 to tackle the “bread war” which will include banning people from lining up for bread (even if they are desperate for food) and police doing on the spot checks at bakeries to check that they are not breaking any laws.
In response to these absurd arrests Juan Crespo, the president of the Industrial Flour Union has said that this problem is not the peoples fault but the governments adding“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.”
The fact that the Valenzuela government has had to arrest people for selling bread demonstrates the dire situation that Valenzuela is in (and the governments desperate attempts to stay in control of their failing country). In 2015 Valenzuela had an 100% rise in inflation and by the end of 2016 inflation rose was at 500% and because Valenzuela is dependent on imports for most of its stuff this has caused shortages in basic supplies such as bread and other necessities… causing a rise in prices that most cannot afford seeing as 80% of the population are now living in poverty.
In my opinion the government is hanging onto power by their fingers tips and something is going to give.