As the government finds it has fewer dollars to fund imports of cut-price food, scenes like this one are set to become increasingly “normal”.
When people imagine the “paquetazo“, they imagine a grave Giordani announcing unpleasant measures on TV.
But it’s not like that. Instead, the paquetazo – the quick retrenchment in real government spending that’s inevitable following last year’s spedning orgy – is going to turn up in a thousand unpleasant day-to-day situations, like the chicken-induced clusterfuck above.
The paquetazo is a process, not an event – a mounting drip-drip-drip of pain and aggravation leading up to…who knows what?!Caracas Chronicles is 100% reader-supported. Support independent Venezuelan journalism by making a donation.