It is a tried-and-true method of control for dictatorial power structures to use basic needs such as food, housing, and employment to manipulate the masses into doing their bidding. In Venezuela's case, if the people want to eat, then they have to obey.
This is done in Venezuela through a program called CLAP, which stands for "Local Committees for Supply and Production." This "free" food program was birthed out of the total economic collapse of Venezuela that paved the way for socialism to seize control over the nation.
"CLAP is a program that the Maduro regime implemented in 2016 to have each Communal Council (groups spread across the territory that answer to the socialist regime and organize the socialist party's activities and whatnot) distribute a box, sometimes a bag, full of highly subsidized food to registered families," writes Christian K. Caruzo of Breitbart News, who currently lives in Venezuela, about how the program works.
"The cost of the bag, at least in my local community, tends to hover around $1. This month, the bag cost 25 bolivars, a little less than $1, worth 28.23 bolivars as of May 26. This represents about one-sixth of the current minimum wage of 130 bolivars (roughly $5)."
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The food bag or box, Caruzo goes on to explain, varies in price depending on the community where it is being offered. In other words, it is anything but "free" as the government claims, and in some cases is used to price-gouge recipients who live in certain areas.
Worse is the fact that these food bags are of very low quality, as you might expect. They often contain rotten food full of worms, but some people have no choice but to eat their contents otherwise they will starve to death – and these same people are told that they should be grateful for the privilege of being able to eat at all.
"It's like having your legs broken, but then being told you should be grateful that the person who broke your legs is loaning you a pair of broken clutches every now and then," Caruzo laments.
According to Maduro, some 7.5 million Venezuelan households receive a CLAP bag at least once a month. Each community council has its own logistics and distribution regimen for distributing them, the quality and reliability of which also varies widely depending on the area.
If residents are lucky, they receive a bag that contains cooking oil and some meat. If residents are very lucky, they might also receive a small 250-gram bag of powdered milk inside their CLAP bag, which usually contains a few bags of corn flour to make the insignia national dish of Venezuela: the arepa.
The Maduro regime says these carbohydrate-heavy CLAP bags should last a family an entire month, even though it "does not make a difference" in terms of meeting the actual nutritional requirements for what a person requires in order to live.
"Despite the clear health issues with the CLAP bag contents, many across the country who have been thrown into extreme poverty must rely on these broken crutches that the men and women who broke their metaphorical legs provide for their survival," Caruso says.
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