Trampling the Food Minister to get to the food

As Venezuelans’ desperation for basic staples boils over (watch the video above if you don’t believe me), today the government had a little PR meltdown, courtesy of Food Minister Carlos Osorio.

Starting early in the morning, government bureaucrats started tweeting pictures of an apparently clean, orderly, well-stocked Bicentenario supermarket in Plaza Venezuela. As the day rolled on, though, a different story emerged, with Twitter users showing enormous lines on the outside of the supermarket, whose official opening will take place two days from now.

As Food MInister Carlos Osorio toured the place on TV, apparently … the chicken arrived! The desperate mobs lunged for the poultry, while an increasingly desperate minister tried to calm them down. His handlers immediately shut the video feed down, although some of it made its way outside.


Of course, I wasn’t there, so it’s hard to know exactly what transpired. All I know is what everyone who covers Venezuela knows: the situation … is critical. Even the even-keeled Ángel Alayón is brilliantly ruminating on what scarcity does to your psyche – that’s how bad things are.

People are angry, and increasingly desperate. The scarcity + inflation combination has never felt this bad.

HT: The great Miguel, for the video.

15 thoughts on “Trampling the Food Minister to get to the food

    • Until people are in an actual famine instead of the first phase, which is the stranglehold of the black market combined with stupid corruption-enabling-controls.


  1. Someone wanteds to send me a book by special delivery. He was told the book would arrive in over a month…there was a total chaos in the centre: it was not IPOSTEL, mind, but one of the priciest companies. The reason? The people leaving Venezuela and sending all kinds of packages, luggage beforehand.


  2. “Of course, I wasn’t there”

    Hmm, I remember a critique of David Smilde. It was about order of statements or somesuch.

    Was it you? Was it your critique?


  3. The supermarket was not officially opened, but it opened to have the Minister tour it, and… then it opened?

    What about the people outside, did they enter later or they were told to keep queuing for Saturday?

    That sounds like a recipe for a riot.

    Or I’m not understanding the situation correctly?


  4. dspur,

    You repeatedly qualify others as “gypsies”. You mean that as in insult? Can you explain this habit you have of labeling people as gypsies?



    • It’s simple, he’s racist.
      Funny to see how the chaburros do exactly what they claim they were “revolutioning against”, leaving a very clear message: That they are no more than a bunch of hypocrites.


  5. Remember when Maduro claimed the toilet paper shortage was due to Venezuelan eating more food. Is Maduro now thinking that food shortages will increase the toilet paper supply?


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