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Venezuela’s Collapse: Horror Beyond Belief

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:59
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The Coat of arms of Venezuela

When Matt O’Brien updated his previous article on the slow-motion collapse of Venezuela on Monday for the Washington Post, he reviewed the symptoms achingly familiar to those following the events: the collapse of oil prices; the incompetence of the cronies running the state-owned oil company (former Marxist Hugo Chávez replaced the workers who knew what they were doing with political cronies who didn’t); the inflation of the currency followed as night follows day, with price controls to mask the resulting inflation; inflation, as measured by the black market’s pricing of the Venezuelan bolivar, causing the bolivar to lose more than 90 percent of its value in just two years; the empty supermarket shelves; the oppression by police of those standing in long lines to purchase whatever might be left in those stores; and on and on. As O’Brien lamented:

[Those economic policies have] left Venezuela’s supermarkets without enough food, its breweries without enough hops to make beer, and its factories without enough pulp to produce toilet paper.

And then he added: “It’s only going to get worse.”

Unfortunately, it already has. Starvation is leading to staggering rises in infant mortality, and prison riots are leading to cannibalism.

As this writer wrote back in August, “In short, the average Venezuelan lives in a prison forged by the socialism imposed by Chavez and Maduro. The country more and more resembles a concentration camp where the guards are deliberately starving the inmates.” This seemed to some at the time as an exaggeration.

It is not.

The problems facing the country were admitted by the current dictator, Nicolas Maduro, back in January when he declared an economic state of emergency. That was followed in May with a decree suspending all constitutional rights, leaving total power in his own hands. In July, he commanded Venezuelans to go to work in the fields for 60-day periods to help alleviate the food shortages that his previous proclamations had caused. He also allowed citizens to travel to neighboring Colombia to buy food and other supplies that were no longer available in his country. Some 300,000 of them took advantage, with many of them staying there.

In August, he extended his proclamation of self-rule.

For the rest of the 30 million people in the socialist hell, there is no escape. In September, Breitbart News reported that one out of every six citizens was surviving by eating garbage discarded by restaurants and other commercial establishments.

Last week the Wall Street Journal reported on the huge rise in infant mortality where “the country’s babies are dying at a rate higher than Syria’s.” Wrote the Journal:

Statistics on infant mortality in Venezuela are difficult to come by because the government no longer reports them regularly. Doctors at state hospitals, which [is where] most babies are born, are often sanctioned or threatened with job loss for making data public.

In fact, the extent of infant mortality in Venezuela, thanks to inadequate or unavailable medicines and equipment, such as infant incubators, dependable supplies of clean water, or electric power, has become a state secret:

The dire state of health care — once a pillar of the socialist government’s so-called people’s revolution — has become a state secret here, with armed security guarding health-care facilities and throwing out journalists who manage to enter.

Ghastly stories of horror and grief abound. Ana Molina, a pediatrician who heads up the neonatal unit at the Antonio Patrico Acala Hospital in Cumana, called it “a nightmare,” with more than 100 babies dying of sickness or malnutrition in just the first four months of this year. In September, 36 out of the 43 newborn babies who were put into critical care at her hospital died.

And Maduro’s mad socialism is killing the mothers of newborns as well, according to the Journal: “Childbirth-related maternal deaths in state hospitals are five times what they were in 2012, according to Venezuelan government statistics [which are notoriously unreliable].”

Earlier this month Fox News reported that there have been close to 200 prison riots, which are attributed to vast overcrowding and food shortages, with prisoners being forced by other prisoners to eat their own.

Let the father of one of the inmates who was eaten tell his story:

One of those who were with him when he was murdered saw everything that happened. My son and two others were taken by 40 people, stabbed, hanged to bleed, and then … butchered … to feed all the detainees. The inmate with whom I spoke to told me that he himself was beaten with a hammer in order to force him to eat the remains of the two boys.

It gets worse. According to Humberto Prado, coordinator of the Venezuelan Prison Observatory: “Prisoners have been dismembered … and some inmates have forced other prisoners to eat their own fingers. That happened in a detention center in El Tigre.”

They also die of hepatitis, cirrhosis, or starvation, said Prado.

When people are eating garbage and each other just to stay alive, no one can claim that this is a success. But it’s the predictable end point of socialism.


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  • Richard Parker

    The hope and change Hussein Obama wants for the United States.

    • Cmonsense101

      And those Godless socialist dumbasses below thinks they can just kill off all the rich folks, install socialism and life will be rosy again. Bullshit. Godless capitalism only works for the rich, Godless socialism works for none in the long run. History can tell you the only economic system that has worked for everyone is free market capitalism (with welfare privileges only for extremely poor folks) monitored by a democratically elected government whose laws are based on divine scripture of God/Creator. The only catch is that divine scripture of God has to have some form of authenticity that is well accepted by the scholars of the land. If the scripture is faulty and oppressive for the minority of the land, then in no time that entire nation will look like America today (land of the bitches and home of the snitches where true faith and family values are rare as dinosaurs). The buzz word is “Free Market Capitalism”. No matter how faulty it is, unlike socialism at least it would not create cannibalism. People will have some sense of ownership, and an inner drive to work hard and be useful. Hope I made my point. Ohomo/Killary = socialism = dangerous garbage (an equal opportunity filth) for mankind. Avoid it at any cost. Don’t replace your commonsense with non-sense.

  • Betsy

    There are so many “wait a minute” points in this article the main one is, “Breitbart News reported that one out of every six citizens was surviving by eating garbage discarded by restaurants and other commercial establishments.” This makes no sense. If the country don’t have enough supplies to put food on the table how can restaurants be functioning? Not only are restaurants fully in business but their customers are leaving scraps for them to throw away?

    The other one is, “prison riots are leading to cannibalism”, really? People in prison have reverted to animals and are eating each other? No offense but I think some of the stuff in the article are extreme exaggerations and fabrications. Yes Venezuela is having difficult times without a doubt but if it was like mentioned in the article it would be burning from yin to yang because of the masses of angry people burning it down trying to get their hands on politicians. You would have a latin American Marie Antionette-ing of politicians.

    • marquise

      no exageration at all, go watch by yourself on youtube it is quite easy and you’ll have tons of proof. You are the only one being fooled here

  • Dave 1963

    That’s just nation building in action! Keep drinking the Koolaid. Democracy for everyone!

  • Anonymous

    What rubbish! The globalists powers sought to destroy a socialist country, fearing they would lose world wide tyrannical control of the peasants. This hell was created by ultra rich people to teach the slaves a lesson not to try to go above them. Time for everyone world -wide to root out and destroy the ultra rich monsters.

  • Busta Myth

    Pretty evil considering all banksters do is print money out their fat lazy a*s and loan it out at Interest

    Even if the Banksters wrote off ALL the outstanding debts in Argentina and kept the interest on the money they had previously loaned out in the last 100 years, the banksters would still have made Trillions of dollars FROM NOTHING

    All signs suggest that the Banksters are planning the same thing in Europe and America

    • Busta Myth

      I meant Venezuela …oops :roll:

  • sundowner

    Starting in 2014, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia flooded the market with cheap oil. This is not a mere business decision, but a calculated move coordinated with U.S. and Israeli foreign policy goals. Despite not just losing money, but even falling deep into debt, the Saudi monarchy continues to expand its oil production apparatus. The result has been driving the price of oil down from $110 per barrel, to $28 in the early months of this year. The goal is to weaken these opponents of Wall Street, London, and Tel Aviv, whose economies are centered around oil and natural gas exports.

    And Venezuela is one of those countries. Saudi efforts to drive down oil prices have drastically reduced Venezuela’s state budget and led to enormous consequences for the Venezuelan economy. Chavez nationalized the oil so the Corporations dont steal wealth from his country.
    I am not for socialism (Go Trump!) but as was posted by Anonymous below the Globalists are destroying a socialist country that doesnt want to bend down to them.

  • Boo

    I think what’s left of the Venezuela people should do what Brazil is doing now. Remove their politician’s, leave a few key agencies in place to collect the taxes and distribute the funds back to the people. Let the people begin to lift up and improve their own condition and by extension the conditions surrounding them as improvement begets improvements. Within two years Venezuela should be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel with a wiser generation who will move forward never to learn the hard way and take the socialist route again.

  • Anonymous

    obama = socialist/communist/a barking dog for soros/ a monkey in the oval office/ a faggot for the gays/ dickless moron playing golf and shopping for 8 years all at the expenses of the American people whose been working so hard with their blood and sweat.

  • jknbt

    yet another practical example of how well socialism works…

    Bernie and all extreme left dems, pls take notice.

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