Translated by Javier Liendo

Read the original in Cronica.Uno

Early this morning, like every morning, people stood in line outside shops at the Fuerzas Armadas avenue in Caracas. There are more than 70 shops along this main downtown avenue, and there were lines outside many of the shops.

At around 9:00 am, when delivery trucks started to arrive, members of the Local Committees of Supply and Production (CLAP) appeared and intercepted the drivers, attempting to divert the trucks. Some said that they were meant for warehouses in the Ciudadela de Catia and others said they were for the Fundación de Desarrollo Endógeno Agroalimentario (Fundeca), an institution belonging to the District Government.

 
The plan is for no more price controlled food to be sold on some of Caracas’s main shopping avenues.

Almost 20 CLAP members tried to negotiate with shop owners and drivers.

One of them, who declined to give his name for safety reasons, reported that last Wednesday, June 1st, there was a meeting with Daniel Aponte, chief of the Government of Caracas District in which they decided to roll out a civilian-military deployment to take control of the transport and distribution of price controlled products.

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The plan is for no more price controlled food to be sold on some of Caracas’s main shopping avenues – Baralt, Urdaneta, Sucre, Libertador, San Martín, Universidad, Lecuna, Andrés Bello and Fuerzas Armadas avenues – as a way of eliminating queues permanently.

According to a leak of this meeting, “providers have been supplying stores in downtown Caracas much more frequently as part of a destabilization plan, and therefore no vehicles or trucks will be allowed to park before shops from Wednesday night.”

Unofficially, we heard that each truck containing price-controlled food will be inspected. The order was “They’re not to enter the avenue. They must be intercepted and redirected to Fundeca.”

 
We ask for food and they send in the National Guard.

The CLAP member said that food will be supplied door to door.

“The Capital District teams, the Mayorship of Libertador municipality, the SUNDEE, SUNAGRO, the National Police, the National Guard, SAIME and the PSUV will be deployed along the avenues until the task is fulfilled,” said the source, who refused to identify himself, citing safety reasons.

This information, revealed all at once, sparked unrest and caused despair in the people waiting in line to buy food. No dialogue was possible because angry and frustrated people took to the street and blocked traffic near San Ramón corner.

At around 9:00 am, the protest was on. There were fights, screams and chants against president Nicolás Maduro’s administration. The protest grew stronger as the National Police’s riot squad arrived.

“We ask for food and they send in the National Guard,” said some of the older protesters, who were joined by some shop owners, because they were informed that SUNAGRO routes in this avenue were to be blocked and redirected to Fundeca.

At 12:00 noon, despite the National Guard’s efforts to contain the protesters, a sizable group of people went to the Urdaneta avenue, near Plaza España and also blocked traffic there.

They called on passersby and residents to join to the protest for food. “The people are hungry and we’re going to Miraflores from here,” they said.

A National Police barricade stopped the march, but a group of students arrived to the place and the manifestation immediately took momentum, so much so that they decided to run towards Miraflores.

At La Pelota corner, near CICPC headquarters, they were pushed back with tear-gas.

Marchers dispersed after 1:00 pm. After that, there were isolated riots in Fuerzas Armadas avenue. No fewer than 19 journalists and photographers were attacked, robbed and intimidated during the disturbance, according to reports by NGO Espacio Público. Three photographers from El Universal were robbed, while journalists from VivoPlay, El Nacional, 2001, Caraota Digital and Crónica.Uno were forced to leave the scene.

Reports say that this Thursday night, the CLAPs were to take over Sucre, Urdaneta, San Martín, Fuerzas Armadas and Baralt avenues.

There were also protests during this Thursday morning in San Martín and Sucre avenue. Buscaracas service was suspended and shops closed all over the area.

In collaboration with Cronica.Uno

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23 COMMENTS

  1. And how much of this food will actually be distributed to el pueblo? My guess is most will be resold, bachequero style, by the PNB or the Guardia or those running the consejo comunales.

  2. How are the enlist soldiers and national guards who have to enforce these rules being fed and paid?

    Do the guys running the game think that these rank-and-file will turn on their on their own people if ordered?

    it doesn’t make any sense.

    • the military is in a different world. The rank and file are getting cars, apartments, washing machines, televisions, etc. Yes, their familes may feel it but they have their own thing going

  3. The government will try to nationalize this. Every family can come begging to SLAP for a box of food, just enough to keep them alive for one more week…

    • And the consejos will almost certainly only distribute the food to loyal chavistas, or ask recipients to sign contra el revocatorio, or something similar.

      They are losing control and we are approaching the end game.

      • This is exactly what is happening, there are zone where the clap hasnt distributed any food at all while there are zone that they get food almost every week (guess which zone have more chavista voters) it is sad.

      • This is already happening in some Maracaibo zones like 2 months ago.

        My house has stopped recieving these bags after none of our family showed up to a Consejo Comunal meeting that was “mandatory” This is really fucked up stuff.

  4. Dont you love how anything is proof of the conspiracy? If the supermarkets at the CENTER of the city, where there are more and bigger supermarkets and well, is the CENTER of city, get trucks, then it is proof they are being served “more” to cause “queues”.

    Not that, you know, they are the places people go to buy.

  5. This measure was bound to cause a lot of distress and rage , people in queues at least hope to get food at the supermarkets where the basic products are distributed but the distribution of food by an impersonal entity is absolutely uncertain as to where and how it will take place………this beggars the question why did they do it ?? Did they do it to provoke a violent flood of protests so they might then claim that conditions made a state of emergency necessary requiring total suppression of oppo political activity ?? did they do it because they are running out of food to distribute thru the claps and by diverting the food going to the regular private distribution channels they can again activate clap distribution of foods …….evidently by having the claps distribute things door to door or family per family not only do they create a means of extorting peoples support but they avoid the gathering of crowds that can suddenly spark into a hundred violent protests…….(to them crowds are dangerous because they make it possible for people to start a mass chain of violent protests) , or did they just miscalculate the consequences of what they decided ……because they are well…dumb??

    • They did it to put a 2km military control radius around Miraflores. So that Maduro can play drums while Caracas burns.

    • The whole point is to put a 2km military control field around Miraflores. So that maduro can play drums while Caracas burns.

    • Get one thing clear. The shortages provoled by hoarding and smuggling started more tan 3 years ago and since then almost all food distribution has benn and still is in the hands of the private sector.

      Somethign dufferent has to be done to prevent the supply o godos to the bacjaqueros and smuggling to Colombia.

      The CLAPs may be the answer so give it a chance instead of commenting like psycholaths against anything and everything the government does.

      If it does not work then let’s have a civil war to keep you all happy since that is what the oppopsition is trying to provole.

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        Coño arturito…

        In the hands of the private sector? That same one which, you know, actually made food-products back in the day before the collective expropriations?

        Tell me, my dear (dirty) shill in a shell, what’s actually being produced in all of the expropriated industries? What’s actually being cultivated in the expropriated lands?

        Regresa a tu pokèbola, hazme el favor!

      • Por favor, Chronicles. No censuren esto. En honor a toda la gente que pasa hambre. Este tipo merece ser insultado.

        Maldito seas Arturo, maldito seas mil veces. Degenerado infeliz rastrero.

  6. Look, people, chavismo doesn’t want to provoke violence, this is just a extortion, as everything they’ve done before, in fact, this might be the “dakazo 3.0” for all we’ve seen so far: The regime takes over some resource and monopolizes its distribution in order to force people to vote for them.

    This is just the transition from “Vote for me and I’ll keep giving you free stuff” from the dakazo and the huevazo, straight to “Kneel and vote for me or starve to death”.

    In the same vein of the brutal repression, they don’t want to PROVOKE ANYTHING, because they have never done it, they just make stuff up and then act accordingly, look at one of the most recent stuff they invented: That the congressmen from Amazonas were elected in a fraud, and thus the MUD doesn’t have the 2/3s and thus becomes a chinese vase, period.

    When they send their enforcers to crack skulls, it’s not to provoke nor incite anything, it’s just because they think that people will simply shut up and stay put if you hit them hard enough.

    Chavismo has always operated by this method, they do stupid dictatorial stuff, then they smash faces to shut up the people, they don’t “provoke” nor build sophisticated traps, get that absudr outta your noggins, the corpse never expected he would have the “viejas locas del Cafetal” barking at his cavern’s entrance after he overtook and screwed PDVSA in 2002, he just sent his death squads to kill people hoping the protests would dissolve and people wouldn’t have the idea of protesting ever again.

    • Exactly… The PSUV only takes the brute-force approach. Bold faced lies, outright violent repression, indisputable election fraud, etc the list goes on. There is no intricacy or cleverness to their methods.

      It is curious to compare it with the US govt., which is just as (if not more) corrupt and sinister as it’s Venezuelan counterpart. The only difference is that the US plays it’s games so delicately well, that the people are literally in a blissfully ignorant state of reality.

    • +1. Those are my sentiments on the NG’s presence at this location. It’s not to keep order but to spread fear that disobedience to the government results in lack of basic foods at one’s dinner table.

      Chavismo just as any communist regimes like North Korea and the former Soviet Union knows that obedience is instilled by its distribution of basic goods.

  7. Now it’s devolved to the point to where the government is trying to control who eats and who does not. Leaving that in the hands of the private sector is something the government cannot do – which is giving away power where it counts most – people’s stomachs. And now is when the situation, as seen in this thread, is where people get weird and the Auturo’s of the world (insane and deluded down to the last atom in their heads) keep wanting to give failed regime “a chance” to get it right this time.

    As mentioned at the head of this thread, once the food is in the hands of the government, little will be distributed to el pueblo, rather it will be resold by starving foot soldiers, bachequero style, to the highest bidder. We all know that the government is totally incapable of mounting any kind of organized campaign. It’s simply too inefficient, lacks the infrastructure and leadership, and there are too many distraught folks in the ranks. That means people are going to starve, and that, for certain, in unsustainable. Castaways in boats with no food used to eat each other. Take away the comida or make it hard or nearly impossible to get and the social fabric will unravel in a week.

    This feels like the end-game. But it has before as well so who knows.

    • Controlling food = controlling the people. It’s straight from the operational playbook of every totalitarian regime in history.

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