Today is Day #1 for the
distributors and wholesalers of food, cleaning and personal hygiene products
when these companies will be interviewed and obliged to sign an ultimatum to
comply with their social and constitutional duties to deliver products
regularly, and on time. We will update on this process in the coming days.
A worker from the pharmacy chain
Farmatodo spoke out on the state TV channel VTV confirming that this company
has always formed part of the economic war since President Maduro was elected
in April 2013. He stated that products were retained and hidden from the public
to cause irritation and ensure that long lines formed. These products include
diapers, corn flour, wheat flour, detergent, bath soap, deodorant and shampoo.
|Lines outside a Farmatodo store in Caracas|
Minister of Defense,
General-in-Chief Vladmir Padrino Lopez, confirmed on his Twitter account that the
Armed Forces had discovered 11 tons of coffee beans in sacks ready to be
smuggled to Colombia. These sacks were confiscated and arrests made. Coffee has
been difficult to find for several months and such contraband just aggravates
|Contraband coffee beans destined for Colombia|
National Airlines being looked at
Due to hundreds of complaints from
passengers since the beginning of this month, the authorities are taking a close
look at the service national airlines offer - this has always left something to
be desired at the best of times.
Complaints include overpricing,
planes overbooked, rude treatment by airline staff, late arrivals and
departures and flights cancelled for no good reason, leaving families stranded.
The government will try to resolve
this impasse by setting up working groups so as to improve service and value
for money and so give a better deal to the long-suffering passengers.
Bicentenario managers jailed
The managers of a Bicentenario
Supermarket in Ciudad Bolivar, Jorge Pérez Zapata and Magaly Campos Abad, were
remanded in custody to await trial for reselling basic products at speculative
prices from the store they managed.
|Warehouse full of hoarded products in Ciudad Bolivar|
They were also accused of hoarding
and corrupting others to participate in their criminal scheme. Another 23
employees seduced by easy money are awaiting arraignment from the same
supermarket. Pérez Zapata and Campos Abad are facing 10–12 years behind bars
for hoarding a huge number of basic products for which they were responsible.
Damning Evidence of Destabilization Conspiracy
During his annual report to the
nation before the National Assembly, President Maduro presented damning evidence
of the conspiracy to cause chaos in Venezuela with the aim of overthrowing the
He presented two telephone
conversations that had been recorded by the Security Services, uncovering the
intellectual authors of the hoarding and chaos prevalent in Venezuela since
The people involved are both ex–military personnel, presumably in the pay of the US Think Tank behind the current problems
in Venezuela. They are Iván Carratu Molina and José de Jesús Gómez Bustamante –
a former Colonel in the Venezuelan army and a graduate of the School of the
Americas, of which he appears to be very proud.
In the conversation Gómez
Bustamante confirms that ex-Chavista and head of Venezuelan Civil Defense,
General Rivero, is working hand-in-glove with the jailed leader of the fascist
political party Voluntad Popular, Leopoldo López, who is currently awaiting
trial in the military prison of Ramo Verde.
|From a video clip of the conspirators|
The recorded conversation took place on
December 17, 2014 and the main objective was to generate public looting, by hiding products from them and boosting prices. In other words, a replica of the Caracazo
looting and popular rebellion of February 27–28, 1989 when security forces
murdered 3,000 people in cold blood to protect private property under orders
from then president Carlos Andrés Pérez.
The second audio is between Gómez
Bustamante and one Franklin Hernández, calling from the Andean city of Mérida.
These two conspirators discuss causing chaos by sending in agents-provocateurs in the lines waiting to buy food causing the
stores to close and then provoking the public to riot and loot the products.
This conversation took place in early January.
Based on this information, President Maduro ordered the National Guard to
patrol all supermarkets with lines outside to avoid these heinous plans being
put into action. There were very few problems and hardly any looting with the
exception of a Farmatodo store in Falcón state where the workers were hiding
diapers from desperate mothers.
The three conspirators in the video/audio are all now behind bars as
investigations continue into who is really behind the planning and financing
of this pre-coup plan that has been put into action so far this year.
The soundtrack with subtitles was shown on live TV on all national
channels and heard on all radio stations as Maduro spoke in front of the opposition deputies and 80 ambassadors
present for his annual report.
There is no doubt that Venezuela is under attack both economically and
politically, and the strength of resistance will be made evident in the march
called by the governing United Socialist Party (PSUV) for January 23
– an iconic date in contemporary Venezuela history when the last dictator, Pérez
Jimenez, was ousted by a combined popular and military uprising in 1958 leading
to the modern – albeit corrupt for 40 years– democratic era.
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