Venezuelan Crisis – Shops barricaded after deadly looting

Venezuelan Crisis – After the cities throughout Venezuela were hit by deadly rioting and looting, the majority of the shop owners have barricaded their businesses. In the city of Cumana, where at least five deaths have been reported, store owners literally welded their stores shut.

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File photo of the historic center of Cumaná (Image by Luis X Montaño, CC-BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

The President of the Cumana Chamber of Commerce, Ruben Saud, stated after the looting: “It ended in total ruin because the businesses had not only their stock pillaged but also their furniture. It was total destruction.”

To keep the protests in order, the government sent police and army forces to oversee the protests. Unfortunately, the protests against food shortages turned to rioting and the looting of the local shops. This turned into a clash between the forces and protesters, leading to numerous arrests.

As expected, the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, stated that the riots were fueled by the opposition and that those arrested who ended up in jails during the riots, can expect tough penalties.

He also added: “They wanted to impose anarchy and madness, and they are in jail and will be tried. I have ordered the toughest jail sentences possible and up to 20 years in jail awaits them as their punishment.”

The opposition, on the other hand, blames Maduro for the entire situation.

Venezuelan Crisis – Arrests

Mari Febres, a 45-year-old housewife in Cumana, said in the local media, that two of her daughters went missing after going to find some food for their kids during the protests. She was left at home with six hungry grandchildren, and two of the youngest are still breastfed. The Venezuelan housewife added that she knows that they are detained by the police, but the police refuse to give any information to the woman.

Ana Vugrinec

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