The country that was the beacon of 21st Century Socialism has devolved into a total disaster zone. Medicine is scarce; food shortages have Venezuelans eating out of dumpsters; and the rolling blackouts have decimated the neonatal intensive care units that have led to a spike in infant deaths in the country’s hospitals. In fact, some of Venezuela’s hospitals lack basic items like gloves and soap. It’s to the point where some locations are operating as if it were the 19th century. So, to avoid the appearance that all socioeconomic life has deteriorated in the country, the government has banned lines outside bakeries because…they’re part of some bourgeois plot to undermine the government. Yeah, sure—and how many drops of acid have we consumed, President Maduro? (Via PanAm Post):
The Venezuelan government has announced it will be fining bakeries that make people stand in lines to buy bread.
The National Superintendency of Fair Prices noted this measure is intended to “dismantle the strategy of generating anxiety” in Venezuelans, as the lines are more of a political decision than they are a reflection of a lack of raw materials.