Venezuelans are storming supermarkets and attacking trucks as food supplies dwindle

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A child in her house in Barlovento waits for lunch, which consists of only boiled yam. Food sold in the black market can be 1000 per cent higher than what it cost in government-regulated grocery stores. Photo: Washington Post

 

Caracas: In the darkness the warehouse looks like any other, a metal-roofed hangar next to a clattering overpass, with homeless people sleeping nearby in the shadows.

But inside, workers quietly unload black plastic crates filled with merchandise so valuable that mobs have looted delivery vehicles, shot up the windshields of trucks and hurled a rock into one driver’s eye. Soldiers and police milling around the loading depots give this neighbourhood the feel of a military garrison.

“It’s just cheese,” said Juan Urrea, a 29-year-old driver, as workers unloaded thousands of pounds of white Venezuelan queso from his delivery truck. “I’ve never seen anything like this before.” Continue reading