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Venezuelans continue to starve, as government refuses to blame socialism

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(NaturalNews) The misery continues for Venezuelans, as they suffer tremendously under the Bolivarian variation of socialism that was imposed on the country by Hugo Chavez. Rather than admit the failure of this system, which has brought the oil-rich nation to the brink of collapse, Chavez's successor, Nicolas Maduro, is instead launching a war on what he claims is "anxiety."

Of course people are going to be anxious when they live in a country ravaged by riots, malnutrition, starvation, vigilante lynchings involving petty thieves and food truck hijackings. However, the country apparently thinks it has some sort of image to maintain, so the National Superintendency of Fair Prices has decided to start fining bakeries for allowing lines to stretch outside their front doors. The body's head, William Contreras, says that the lines are not related to an actual shortage of bread, but are instead some sort of political strategy aimed at generating anxiety.

In fact, he says that the raw materials to make bread are indeed available, completely ignoring the fact that bakeries do not actually have the means to process wheat and turn it into the flour that they need to bake the bread. This type of poor logic is constantly being used by the government to keep denying that the problems they are facing are a direct result of their disastrous socialist economic policy.

Contreras was even quoted by El Tiempo as saying that these long lines were the result of "clear political intentions" designed to destabilize the economy and hurt the people's morale – never mind the fact that the economy is already completely destabilized, and morale in the country has hit an all-time low.

Quality of life in Venezuela reaching new low point

Just how bad have things gotten in Venezuela? Health organizations report that people are dying unnecessarily because they are unable to get the medicine they need, and medical suppliers have been cutting off shipments. Protestors clash with police on a regular basis, and violence and murders are soaring as people become increasingly desperate. To make matters worse, the power grid is on the verge of collapse.

Waiting lists for sterilizations are reaching previously unseen numbers as women are willing to do anything to avoid bringing new life into this sad situation, despite the fact that the majority of them are Roman Catholic. After all, hungry Venezuelans have been killing and eating animals at the zoo in Caracas just to survive. A rare black stallion was recently killed and eaten at the zoo, and sheep and pigs have also been turned into dinner by people who don't have a supply of survival food and can't find food anywhere else. At least 50 animals have died of starvation in the zoo.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently announced that the country was experiencing a serious crisis, saying: "Basic goods and services such as food, water, health care and clothes aren't available."

Deny, deny, deny

The government, however, continues to deny there is a problem, with the country's ambassador to the UN asking where Ban Ki-moon got his information. The answer, of course, is from what he witnessed personally on a visit to the country. How can they continue to insist nothing is wrong? It's apparently all part of their PR strategy. Fining bakeries over long lines is just the latest step; security guards have been banning people from taking photos of empty shelves in grocery stores for quite some time now.

Despite all this hunger and desperation, the government somehow found more than $400,000 to spend on a week-long celebration of Fidel Castro's 90th birthday. It's no wonder, then, that four out of every five Venezuelans would like to see Maduro removed from office. The opposition calling for his removal from office plans to hold a major rally in Caracas on September 1.

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