From hardware stores to shoe shops, the people of Ciudad Bolívar have managed to loot anything lootable. Yesterday I told you about the incident in “El Baratón;” well, today looters went back again to take the meat cutting machines.

I know of two places in the city still selling food: the Diamante and Central Madeirense supermarkets. There, the mile-long lines are heavily guarded by the national guard. In a Chinese-owned store, they decided to sell out everything in stock for Bs.1,000 apiece. Selling your assets at a huge loss is better than being looted by angry armed mobs.

At Makro they did something similar: the manager opened the doors so people wouldn’t force their way in and cause more damage than necessary to get what they wanted.

No one can control this.

Even the national guard stopped trying.

See that guy with the huge bag at the end of the video? He’s not jobless or anything; he’s a nurse at a private clinic. The guards are advising people to take everything they can because no more food is coming.

This avalanche has already started, and with no economic activity it’s only a matter of time before people truly run out of food. I live in Puerto Ordaz, the closest city from Ciudad Bolívar, and we’re already expecting an influx of hungry Bolivarenses with no money and no job. We don’t even have enough food for us.

On the “bright” side, many Bolivarenses are trapped: Ciudad Bolívar are now fuel shortages as well (because we all live in a sick joke), and the bus terminal is shut down to the curfew, so right now there’s no easy way to get out of Dodge…

For the few who can afford it, that gives them a little time to hoard food.

They are coming.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Terrifying. There is a real possibility of mob violence and desperate rage that no one can control. It’s impossible to foresee what will happen, but I think Maduro gets sacrificed by the other bigwigs pretty quickly.

  2. Who will feed 389,000 people!? The situation in Venezuela requires discussion at the UN and OAS – beginning the discussion and planning of relief efforts. The discussion needs to begin NOW.
    There are many imaginable scenarios that cannot be ignored.

  3. Only now I’ve noticed how all that chaos is close to Caracas. If the troops just get out of the way as they are doing there in the capital, Maduro will end like Ceausescu, fulfilling this site’s prophecy, hehe.

    • This appears to looting/rioting exposing the weakness of the State, does not appear to have any type of “revolutionary” intention/fervor. Is it possible that it may lead to the ousting of Maduro? Sure, but at this point that would probably be done be those with the current regime not any opposition led “forces”. At the moment, my best guess is that if Maduro does not remain in “control” Venezuela ends up with “misma mierda por otra cara” It would be a shame if this is the result.

      • Agreed, this seems to be mostly pueblo against pueblo at this point, as toppling the government doesn’t seem to be a top priority for those folks, but if it reaches the capital, other more ‘revolutionary’ groups can seize the moment and give some revolution’s tone to the whole thing…

        Nevertheless, currently we are just seeing Maduro’s prisoners fighting among themselves while the guards watch from afar. Quite depressing if you ask me. If only all that rage were focused on the RIGHT target…

        • Was the Caracazo pro CAP or anti CAP ??, sure it had not overt political objectives , but clearly it was inspired by an anti CAP mood which translated into a political judgment on his govt. Nobody could confuse these protests with people cheering the govt’s measures…!!

  4. And for those of us who live in Venezuela, we know what the end of December and the month of January mean……virtually nothing being transported overland as everything basically shuts down. Emptied and looted stores will not be restocked any time soon, February, if at all.

  5. The guards are advising people to take everything they can because no more food is coming.
    ——–

    Wonder how true this is across the board? And as privately owned stores get looted, why would they buy more – even if they had money – and restock simply to get looted again. Even if the military took over food distribution (who else could or would), there’s going to be some lag time as Maduro spends his last reserves to buy food and give it away. In that lag time, bad things can happen as people literally start to starve. We hear about foreign imports but who is going to truck it to the interior before getting waylaid by highwaymen looking for something to eat? This feels different, more desperate than other meltdowns. Suddenly nobody is going to care what Delcey says. Or any of the tragic rhetoric about the revolution. Getting close to anything goes, but I’ve been wrong before…

  6. The paper money [bs.100] returned to the government,
    collected by the banks,
    were acknowledged with I.O.U. s?
    In real life,
    IOUs are for gamblers, for the down-and-outs, for the con-men….
    Did the Juan and Juanas gift their hard earned cash [legal tender of the Vzlan Govt]
    back to the biggest spendthrift of them all?
    So now Nic can use legal tender, while the
    BIMBOS hold the worthless typed paper sheets of IOUs given to them by the banks?
    What am I missing? Who swindled whom?

    • Savages? Same thing happens anywhere that there is misery, suffering and hopelessness. I would not judge them too harshly. You’d react the same way. It’s called being human. The mistake they made was trusting the government.

  7. I dont think you can predict how or when masses of people will respond to certain specific provocations and enticements , the psychology of crowds does not allow us that capacity , there is an element of fortuitous happenstance that pervades human behaviour and that cannot be cognitively codified , what we know is that were people are placed in situations of great constant distress the odds of a violent response will become ever more likely ….!! The mood of a crowd can be affected by many different variables . By way of example compare the Caracazo , an explosion of mass violence brought about by a few cents rise in the price of public transport vs the largely pasive response to the extreme trauma that todays extended crisis has imposed on all Venezuelans, the odd thing is that things are taking so long to bring about a social explosion …..it could happen any moment in the futur..!!

    If life conditions continue to deteriorate at the rate at which they are now deteriorating the chances that a large blow up of social rage will happen , increase exponentially …..but no one can predict exactly when or how the tipping point will be reached !!

  8. “I dont think you can predict how or when masses of people will respond to certain specific provocations and enticements………….”

    I bet I can predict how they’d react with the first blast of the shotgun.

  9. The people of VZ are simply going to take it and continue suffering.

    There is no light at the end of this tunnel for nearly everyone. Gloomy predictions but I don’t see the MUD having any back none to speak of.

    American is will sit back and do nothing. Why should we? The gubmint will only confiscate it anyhow.

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