January 15 2015 – Arturo Rosales
want a Sunday chicken dinner and you cannot find the chicken in Venezuela.
is because unscrupulous distributors are hoarding the birds for political reasons
or to supply restaurants that specialize in roasted chickens. There are many of
these restaurants in Venezuela, and all appear to be able to offer their juicy
wares to the hungry consumer.
January 15 2015, the Venezuelan Authorities detected a distributor hoarding nearly
27,000 tons of chicken, exclusively to be sold at usurious process to
restaurants in the Andean city of Mérida. This is in complete violation of the
law to supply the public before restaurants when it comes down to basic foodstuffs.
26.6 tons of chicken will be sold at regulated process to the public in Mérida
via Mercal and PDVAL.
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today, at the Excelsior Gama super market in Los Palos Grandes East Caracas, a
huge line formed inside as everyone scrambled for bath soap and corn flour. The
limit was 6 kilos of corn flour per person and many people bought 10 bars of
soap, which should last them for months. The psychological war in the media has
sparked panic buying that deprives others of basic products and leads to reselling
at speculative prices and actual hoarding in people’s homes. The only good side
to this is that people have money in their pockets to spend – but it is for
this reason that one can see the same people day after day in line buying
products they intend to resell at a profit.
further 11 people were detained in Falcon state from the company Herrera CA for
hoarding tons of food and cleaning products.
Zulia state, the authorities have detected sales of basic goods being made to
at least 7,000 people using false ID cards. It looks as if there will be a
clean-up in the local ID system (SAIME) as there must be widespread corruption
for this number of genuine looking ID cards to be roaming the streets.
January 16, 2015 – Arturo Rosales
Barinas state, the Superintendent of Fair prices discovered 40 tons of chicken
being sold at Bs. 72 per kilo when the regulated price is Bs. 43 per kilo. The
company, Pollos Amanacu, had the stock removed from them and
it will now be sold to the public via the state grocery chain of PDVAL.
The Superintendent reached an agreement with Pollos
Amanacu to avoid prosecution by signing an agreement making this company an
exclusive supplier to PDVAL in the future at regulated prices.
Also in Zulia, the military arrested seven people
attempting to smuggle two tons of regulated products over the border to Colombia.
They were caught at a checkpoint and did not have the necessary documentation
to export the merchandise. All seven were remanded in custody in a local prison
awaiting trial. They face at least 12 years in prison for this crime under
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The manager of the government supermarket
Bicentenario in Bolivar state was imprisoned awaiting trial for diverting
products to street hawkers in the region.
In Miranda state, Guatire, the municipal police of
Zamora intercepted a truckload of cement bound for the Great Housing Mission as
it was being diverted to an unknown destination. There were 630 sacks of 40 kilos
each in this load and the owner of the vehicle was detained as he could not
explain why the truck was off route compared to the manifest.
In Guarico state, the National Guard discovered
61.5 tons of powdered milk hidden in a warehouse. The aim was to mix it with
cheaper products and sell it at speculative prices, thus avoiding the regulated
price that is accessible to the public. This price is Bs. 70, and some
unscrupulous supermarkets have been selling it at Bs. 240 – Bs 280 per kilo.
Arrests were made and the perpetrators will be presented before the judge on
January 18, 2015 – Arturo Rosales
Ciudad Bolivar, the Attorney General’s Office arraigned 25 people who work for
the Bicentenario State Grocery chain for reselling at exorbitant prices products
they had hidden. The manager and Assistant manager were held in custody and the
remaining 23 workers involved in the movement and illegal sale of regulated
products were ordered to report to the court until their case comes up. They
all face jail time.
manager of a hypermarket in Santa Bárbara de Zulia was arrested by the National
Guard for selling chicken and meat to the public at speculative prices. The National
Guard confiscated 2 tons of chicken and seven tons of beef and will sell it to
the public at regulated prices.
Sucre municipality in Caracas, run by fascist mayor Carlos Ocariz, a truck authorized
by his office is selling chicken at speculative prices – Bs 150/kilo vs. Bs.
43/kilo, the legally set price. This is a 340% markup and was carried out in
broad daylight. Just before Christmas, the same truck was selling chicken at
Bs. 73 per kilo and suddenly doubled the price. This has been reported to the
Superintendent of Fair Prices and we expect arrests to be made on Tuesday when
the truck returns to its regular spot opposite the Santa Eduvigis Church in the
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the same street, trucks also authorized by Ocariz and selling fresh fish, have
upped their prices by about 40%, on average, since Christmas. This is the
private sector speculating; but then opposition politicians and the private
media try to “blame it on Maduro”.
San Felix, in Guyana, the National Guard confiscated 12 tons of beef being sold
at speculative prices in contravention of the Fair Price Law.
order to avoid agents-provocateurs from the opposition infiltrating lines at
food outlets, the PSUV has deployed 20,000 inspectors nationwide to combat this
his recent return to Venezuela, President Maduro gave some facts about the
lines that had formed outside supermarkets since January 5. The spark leading
to the lines was a campaign of rumors over social media and text messages with
the opposition – based in Miami – predicting shortages and “hunger” in Venezuela.
This caused more than 18 million people to rush to buy food over five days
(three per family of the approximate 6 million families in the country). The result
was that, in just five days, one-and-a-half months supply of food and other
household products were sold. This left many businesses short on stock.
some 6 million people would shop in that period of time and, as Maduro said,
this sort of rumormongering is designed to scare the population is damaging the
also said that every distributor and wholesaler of food and household products
would be summoned to the presidential palace, one by one, to sign what he
called an ‘ultimatum’ to guarantee respect to the Venezuelan people and to
comply with their duty to make deliveries. Those that refuse or mock this
ruling will suffer the weight of the law.
at Axis of Logic have always maintained that the success of the economic war
was because the distribution chain is run by the private sector - the sworn
enemy of the socialist government. This sector is working to oust the
government. Finally, the government has taken up this challenge and will take
direct action to bring the distributors and wholesalers into line.
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