Violence and looting grip Venezuela as socialist country struggles to feed citizens

Monday, August 31, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Monday, August 31, 2015

As economic conditions continue to deteriorate in Venezuela thanks to socialist government policies that have wreaked havoc on businesses, industry and imports, the decay of civil society is also progressing as rioting, looting, and other disruptive actions are becoming the norm.

Reuters reports that supermarkets throughout the country are increasingly being targeted by looters as long lines and chronic shortages of basic goods boost anger and frustration in the oil-rich nation.

“Shoppers routinely spend hours in lines to buy consumer staples ranging from corn flour to laundry soap, turning lines into venues for shoving matches and now more frequent attempts to plunder shops,” Reuters reported on August 6.

The worsening economic crisis is undermining support for President Nicolas Maduro, whose approval ratings are falling as tensions throughout the South American country rise.

Chronic shortages leading to unrest

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