The kind of video Nicolas Maduro doesn't want you to see…


I don’t know about you, but for me, Nicolás is right: watching this made me deeply anxious.

[Hat tip: mah sugar daddy…]

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      • would that constitute some sort of stockholmlike syndrom? have people forgotten that it wasn’t used to be like this until a few years ago? scenes like these happen everyday, once some, months ago, one employee of kromi market, in valencia, got hurt in one of these events, that time for harina pan, the marked refused to take in that product again for a few weeks in order to avoid another chaos

      • Absolutely. With this kind of (no) reaction, what will it take for this adormecido Pueblo to finally wake up??? A further example of unbelievable complacency are the many-times-normal 1-2 hours of waiting in line in a bank to do a simple transaction, with too-few tellars, and most services (even simply getting a new checkbook) very time-consuming, or frequently not even available due to ill-maintained equipment mal-functions–and nobody even raising his voice to criticize or protest. “Gloria Al Bravo Pueblo”–B.S.!!

      • Yes that is the scary part. It is all part of a plan. Those who got the milk will feel even grateful. Scarcity is part of a perverse plan to tame people like dogs that are trained into obedience by depraving them from food.
        Are you familiar with what the people of Cuba has endured for 54 years?

  1. I reckon this is why the Soviets had little booths to dispense everything out of. Can’t blame them from wanting to down the famished-stricken image this cuasi-looting conveys.

  2. Kiko, remember when Kanako didn’t like the whole piñata thing? I’m thinking it might play a more important social role: training to get supplies!

  3. How could you ask a 25 year old guy like me to stay in this country when the future promises a lot of this and doesn’t seems to improve even a little? I’ve spent most of my life living in this kind of society, maybe for the olders this situation looks bizarre, this is normal for my generation, this is the new normal, by the ending of Maduro’s period I’ll be 30 yo. This kind of things (.dixit: saqueo en los ruices con el chofer moribundo a bordo) is what’s getting me in my nerves so often lately.. And sadly, what always comes to my mind when I see this kind of situation is. Que pais de mierda

    • Un momentico que tampoco somos una cuerda de viejos carcamales! However, those saqueos to gandolas etc, is not a new thing , even more than 15 years ago a friend of mind had an accident in a fiat “desperolado”he was almost dead and people went down to take wahtever was in the poor car, even his jeans…He did not die, but New, maybe in New because the truck was in Caracas, but Venezuela adentro…ufffff. Or tha you car got broke in carcas -laguaira? Panita same thing

    • Nobody is asking you nothing. If you feel that way, there’s Colombia.

      Ajá, eso pensé.

      Instead of whining so much, maybe the new generations have the responsibility to find new ways of organizig that can’t be so easily co-opted by kleptomaniac ideologues.

      Nobody owes us anything.

    • HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH with the scarcity…i think they don’t use those marketing things ( but I would ask) maybe for products that are not scarce (hahahaha) No one is producing there are places without tooth paste, so I don’t even think they have to negotiate these things anymore!

    • I saw milk in an abasto the other day. I took one, hoping I wouild have enough to pay for it, asked the price and hot “veintidos bolos.” That’s about 50 cents.

      I took three…

      • Acaparador!!!

        This is exactly what Maduro gets fired up about, humans being rational. Of course you are going to buy two. Any rational (not chavista) human would do precisely the same thing. Even a squirrel caches nuts for a snowy day. At the very least he should take a course in game theory. There is a lot of talk about depression in the recent posts, but what is really depressing is to have a president that does not understand fundamental human instincts, headed a workers union for crissake and was in charge of foreign relations and despite his extensive “negotiating experience”, still, (a).

  4. No red PDVSA jumpsuits… where is this reaction to shortage taking place and when? Reminds me a little like getting one’s luggage in Barcelona courtesy of the hole in the wall.

    • Wow. Returning to Vzla via Barcelona is a truly depressing experience.

      Not only the fact that suitcases are returned, or rather, thrown through a hole in the wall, but electricity is hit or miss, the automatic escalators don’t work, and aduana is chaos.

      • … or the herd waiting for a failed Miss Maturin Socialismo Jr contestant to power through the thumping/stamping of 100s of passports without even looking up from her Kafkesque talent show performance.

  5. I found the arc of the story in the film to be a bit wanting…

    Seriously, I kept expecting blood, but it was unexpectedly low-key. One can almost say it had a happy ending.

  6. ….Was shopping in Megamaxi here in Quito about a week ago and as I turned the corner down (long, completely stocked) aisle for toilet paper and facial tissue, a camera flash went off in my face. I looked up and it was three young, smiling Venezuelans taking pictures of themselves with toilet paper. Pretty sad when you have to do TP tourism in another country. Why are Venezuelans putting up with these problems? Isn’t it about time for another revolution?

    • First thing we did when my mother-in-law arrived was take her to the store to buy anything she needed for her stay. We bought a 48-pack of Charmin toilet paper just so she could take pictures to post on Facebook for the family back home.

  7. I keep thinking about all those ships off of Puerto Cabello packed with stuff that is waiting/rotting to be unloaded everytime I see/hear these stories.

    Then to add insult to injury, my wife was approached by a fairly highly placed aduanero at
    PC over the weekend as we returned in-country. Relative or friend, I’m never quite sure since it all passes under the “primo” title, pseudo-chavista for certain; but long story short, he approached her/us about fronting the capital and buying used cars of Japanese origin (he specifically mentioned the 4Runner which is imported directly to the US from Japan) and then shipping them directly to Venezuela for resale.

    My wife, being the good little Venezolana that she is, raised three concerns: the offload time at sea, the return because of the cost of the containers, and repatriating capital back to us. He indicated that 1). No problems would be had because they can prioritize what gets unloaded and this is done apparently regularly…the implication is that this is an ongoing thing at the port facilities for a number of the employees. 2). He could still turn a relatively high net profit margin even with the ridiculous costs because of… 3). The shell company with priority access to Cadivi that he and a few others created for just such a construct.

    I wonder how much of the backlog at Puerto Cabello is due to inefficiency and how much is due to intentional disruption of the work flow so the workers can get their “share” of things while their countrymen fight for powdered milk like hyenas over a carcas?

    Hecho in socialismo.

  8. Strange that in a lot of these videos, the mob seem to be in high spirits, as if their life doesn’t depend on that chicken or powdered milk.

    Comments so far say this is “depressing”, “scary”. Is it worrying that people aren’t as goddam pissed off as you would like?

    Of this is isn’t an ideal situation, but the signs do point to a problem of distribution, not a problem of mass deprivation.

    • “a problem of distribution”

      That’s one way to put it. This should not be happening in a country as rich in resources as Venezuela. It never used to happen.

      It certainly is depressing. I’m not sure what posters expect in these videos….time spent protesting or complaining is less time for you to get to the front of the pack before the last milk/toilet paper/harina pan is gone. People are not happy with it but are largely resigned. They see no way out. The regime is not going away any time soon and the elections will continue to get farther and farther away form anything that could be considered “fair and free”. Young Venezuelans who want a better future, one without constant govt lies, shortages, outages, violent crime, inflation, etc are looking to get out.

      To your last point, yes, if people were starving this video would look a whole lot different. They are not starving. Seeing truly ‘hungry’ people fight over bits of food was one of the most terrifying thing I have ever seen in my life (in Haiti).

    • A problem of … distribution?? In a centrally organized communist dreamstate?

      yoyo, there’s a rock looking for you to crawl under it, go, go !!

  9. In the late seventies and early eighties I went to a primary school in a poor region. My mum worked there as a teacher and that’s where she grew up.
    Children in that school had their daily glass of milk and free lunch. The milk was REAL REAL REAL REAL milk. Up to this day I remember the taste of it. I also remember the full lunches.
    The area had no crime problem. We would play on the streets until very late.

    Of course: the nineties came and with them the governments had just 1/8,, 1/9 of the petrodollars the government has now.

    Last elections Maduro got 65.41% in the voting centre in that school where I went.
    Although Chavismo numbers dropped a lot even there, most people in that area have a short memory. They remember the nineties, if they remeber anything at all…and those younger have been victim of the most shameless brainwashing.

    They have to waste hours and hours every single week to go through these humiliations.
    And those goodies are bought at the cost of destroying national industry and pawning Venezuela’s future to foreign economic powers…just for a little bit more of power for the Boligarchs now.

    But one day even they are going to run out of that.

  10. What happened when the meat truck had its accident at the Fco Fajardo , during the Caracazo, Whats shown in the video , what happens everytime kids have a Pinata , what happens when people have an accident and the hurt passangers are left to die but the contents of the car are ransacked and taken , What happened during the deslave disaster when the whole town of Naiguata traveled on foot down a destroyed road to loot the intact but empty apartments at Camuri . In all these cases what we see is people savagely engage in a chaotic gleeful collective moment of Pillaging . Ordinary people in Venezuela enjoy Pillaging , engaging in a frenzied cathartic moment of collective violence where things can be had for free or taken from someone else . That explains the drunken laughter and joy in their faces . Pilllaging returns us to that happy moment when once again we become barbarians , or unruly children and no rules apply . Tells you something about how we resent and suffer authority , order , rules, duties , limits . Gustavo Coronel recently wrote a piece on why he left for the US in 2003 and the main reason is that the enviroment was transforming him into a savage . Clientelism is a kind of Pillaging where the political power holders distribute the countrys wealth among its partisans. The joy of looting and pillaging is a primitive emotion., its a sign of failed civility !! We cannot have a healthy democracy if as a people we remain beholden on barbaric customs , if our mindset is that of half civilized savages . You cannot be a citizen when deep down inside you always hanker to become part of a looting throng.!!

    • You hit the nail on the head. This country has become one of savages. It was always a bit wild, but it has gotten to a point where the country is falling apart and people don’t care, they just want a piece of the action.


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