80 Year Old Woman Trampled To Death In Venezuela Supermarket Stampede

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With 30% of Venzuelans eating two or fewer meals per day, social unrest is mounting rapidly in President Nicolas Maduro's socialist utopia. As WSJ reports, soldiers have now been deployed to stem rampant food smuggling and price speculation, which Maduro blames for triple-digit inflation and scarcity. "Due to the shortage of food... the desperation is enormous," local opposition politician Andres Camejo said, and nowhere is that more evident than the trampling death of an 80-year-old woman outside a state-subsidized supermarket.

As Reuters reports,

An 80-year-old Venezuelan woman died, possibly from trampling, in a scrum outside a state supermarket selling subsidized goods, the opposition and media said on Friday.


The melee at the store in Sabaneta, the birthplace of former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, was the latest such incident in the South American nation where economic hardship and food shortages are creating long queues and scuffles.


The opposition Democratic Unity coalition said Maria Aguirre died and another 75 people were injured - including five security officials - in chaotic scenes when National Guard troops sought to control a 5,000-strong crowd with teargas.


"Due to the shortage of food ... the desperation is enormous," local opposition politician Andres Camejo said, according to the coalition's website. It published a photo of an elderly woman's body lying inert on a concrete floor.


Camejo said thieves had also attacked the crowd, members of which were seeking to buy cheap food on offer at an outlet of the state's Mercal supermarket chain in Barinas state.



El Universal newspaper reported that Aguirre was knocked to the ground during jostling in the crowd, while the pro-opposition El Nacional said she was crushed in a stampede.


Another person was killed and dozens detained following looting of supermarkets in Venezuela's southeastern city of Ciudad Guayana earlier this month.


President Nicolas Maduro accuses opponents of deliberately stirring up trouble, exaggerating incidents, and sabotaging the economy to try and bring down his socialist government.


Critics, though, say incidents of unrest are symptoms of the increasing hardships Venezuela's 29 million people are facing due to a failed state-led economic model. Low oil prices are exacerbating economic tensions in the OPEC nation.

Venezuelans protest the starvatiion with signs saying 'hunger'...


Shoppers are finger-printed when buying government-controlled foods...


“What’s certain is that we are going very hungry here and the children are suffering a lot,” said María Palma, a 55-year-old grandmother who on a recent blistering hot day had been standing in line at the grocery store since 3 a.m. before walking away empty-handed at midday.


In a national survey, as WSJ reports, the pollster Consultores 21 found 30% of Venezuelans eating two or fewer meals a day during the second quarter of this year, up from 20% in the first quarter.


Around 70% of people in the study also said they had stopped buying some basic food item because it had become unavailable or too expensive.

As The Mises Institute's Carmen Elena Dorobat details,

Millions, Billions, Trillions: The Disaster of Socialism, Once Again

Venezuela’s nearly full-blown socialism is making the news once again. For approximately two years now, the country’s economic crisis has been rapidly unfolding: rising prices, fuelled by increased scarcity of goods and a depreciating currency, were followed by price controls, which brought about even higher prices and more shortages. The list of basic commodities missing from stores, such as toilet paper, has gradually expanded to include cooking oil, corn flour, sugar, sanitary pads, batteries, coffins, and even oil (once the country’s main export). The Cendas survey showed that more than a third of foodstuffs cannot be found on supermarket shelves; moreover, vegetables are 32% more expensive every month, meat prices are going up by 22% every month, and beans are surging by 130%. Basic Venezuelan dishes containing rice and beans have thus become a luxury, as people queue for 8 hours a week, on average, to buy basic goods.

This time it was the bolivar, Venezuela’s currency, which made the headlines, as it tumbled from 82 bolivars to the dollar last year, to 300 bolivars in May, and to a staggering 670 bolivars this August. Because the Venezuelan administration stopped publishing inflation figures in December 2014 (when annual inflation reached 68%), some economists have designed an Arepa (i.e. cornmeal cake with cheese) hyperinflation index, which suggests a current inflation rate of around 400%. Others estimate the annual inflation rate is actually 808%.

A photo of a Venezuelan using a 2 bolivar banknote as a napkin to hold a cheesy pastry (an empanada) has recently gone viral: the banknote is worth less than a third of one US cent on the black market, while the price of a pack of napkins is about 500-600 bolivars. The photo is reminiscent of the Weimar Republic hyperinflationary episode, where the wholesale price index jumped from 100% in July 1922 to more than 2500% in January 1923, which led to German banknotes being used to light fires (right photo).

One can only speculate at the moment the extent of the damage this episode will leave on Venezuelan savings. But if history is any indication, we could soon hear stories similar to those of some of Mises’s acquaintances (recorded from his lectures by his student, Bettina Bien-Greaves):

[A] man made a will according to which this $ 2,000,000 was to be sent back to Europe to establish another orphan asylum such as that in which this man had been educated. This was just before World War I. The money was sent back to Europe. According to the usual procedure it had to be invested in government bonds of this country, interest to be paid every year to keep up the asylum. But the war came, and the inflation. And the inflation reduced to zero this fortune of $ 2,000,000 invested in European Marks—simply to zero.


[The president of a Bank in Vienna] told me that as a young man in his twenties he had taken out a life insurance policy much too large for his economic condition at the time. He expected that when it was paid out it would make him a well-to-do burgher. But when he reached his sixtieth birthday, the policy became due. The insurance, which had been a tremendous sum when he had taken it out thirty five years before, was just sufficient to pay for the taxi ride back to his office after going to collect the insurance in person. Now what had happened? Prices went up, yet the monetary quantity of the policy remained the same. He had in fact for many, many decades made savings. For whom? For the government to spend and devastate (Mises 2010, 30-31).

As news of Venezuela’s suffering keeps coming through, one cannot help but feel a certain sense of dread. All governments control the money supply to essentially the same extent that Maduro’s administration does. All around the world we have monetary socialism, where national currencies are subject solely to political power. And one cannot help but wonder (and fear) how many more such economic disasters it will take before it becomes clear that socialism of all shapes, sizes, and degrees, is unrealizable, unbearable, and unforgivable.

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decon's picture

Coming to a US store near you.

remain calm's picture

Don't let her go to waste. Might be a little gamey put a good source of protein

Money Counterfeiter's picture
Money Counterfeiter (not verified) remain calm Aug 30, 2015 9:52 PM

The money counterfeiters are ecstatic with joy buying assets for pennies on the dollar.  It is all a game to them, one country falls, more assets, another country falls, more assets.  A sick fucking game for these evil MF’s

One of these days people will get tired of this shit and hang every last one of them,

Enki Anu's picture

If one chooses to live like a Sheep.
The outcome is to be slautered.
Live and die like a Lion.
Down with Khazarian Warlord Banksters.

strannick's picture

All their abundant natural resources and cheap oil still can overcome their folly inherent in their academia and socialism. Oil in Venuzuela costs 1-2 cents a liter, or 4-8 cents a gallon- at the pump.

You'ld think that would make the place a Shangrala  for building stuff, manufacturing, industry, ect.

I believe well-meaning socialist idiots (a.k.a. vicisous ideologues), cost a nation as much as piggish bankers. Of course the bankers are also receipients of their own subsidies, (ZIRP, QE) socialism.

"Socialism works until you run out of other people's money". -Maggie T

"If you see a man approaching you with the obvious intent of doing you good, run for your life, especially if he's from the government"  -Thoureau

"the only thing dumber than a horses ass, is a horses ass with a Humanities degree'' -ZeroHedge adage

Four chan's picture
Venezuela has gibs me dats? 
Money Counterfeiter's picture
Money Counterfeiter (not verified) Four chan Aug 31, 2015 4:17 AM

Bankers support socialist so as to achieve their utopia...buying assets cheap when the currency collapses.

TongueStun's picture

This would be funny, if Obama was not doing the same thing to America.

new game's picture

bernie sanders could get usa there faster and moarer. go bernie, spend my money moarer and faster and give it to useless eaters so we can be just like venzuala.

bernie for prez, got my vote, ha lol s/

Memedada's picture

That is ‘clever’: getting your ‘knowledge’ about socialism from a fascist ideologue. Thatcher is one of the reasons we’re in the shit-hole we’re in today. She was one of the prime-architects of the financialization of the economy (together with Reagan) that has turned the economy into a huge Ponzi-scheme/Casino.

That she is the author of a quote about stealing money ('other people's money') is telling – she was the embodiment of a reversal Robin Hood (stealing from the commons to enrich her corporate masters).


Dis-obey's picture

What is the cause of the worst famines of our time?

  link the to 10 worst famines of the 21st century:


I thought Drought, flooding, frost, disease and other acts of god cause famine. These natural disasters are bad but they happen all the time.  When you look at the whole globe there is probably a natural disaster going on right now somewhere.  In a free market people are free to adjust, to diversify their crops, to trade, to find alternatives, to migrate, to innovate solutions, to profit.  In every single example in the top 10 there is massive disruptions in the free market.    

#1:  Communist China the great leap forward program collectivization of agriculture 1958 - 1962 - 10-30 million dead

#2 #3, and #9:  Soviet Union collectivization death toll: #2: 9 million, #3: 7-9 million, #9 - 2 million

#4, and #8:  Lawless China 1927, 1929: No effective government leads to regional warlords taking control of large areas of the country and they would just rob the locals to feed their armies.  one of these 'warlords' was Mao.

#5 and #7: WWII China and India 1943:  "Yeah we are going to need that rice for the war effort" the Japanese (#5) and the British (#7)

#6:  North Korea: See the Interview

#10 Cambodia:  Khmer Rouge

booboo's picture

She tasted like she leather

giovanni_f's picture

Think about it as if it were your mother. Still funny? Or is this the same "they are insects"-attitude the US pilots assumed when they burned Vietnamese kids alive with Napalm?

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

giovanni, you seem to know alot about pilots in vietnam, how did you get your wisdom and facts?

i have a guess, but awaiting your explanation..

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

giovanni, seems you have no facts to back up your statement about all pilots in vietnam..all your posts should now be viewed by Zh as worthless.

conscious being's picture

Here's a pilot that ought to be remembered. Chief Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson.

How did Hugh react when reason failed? Hugh was furious, ready to do anything to save these innocent people. Just then Glenn spotted some people in an earthen bunker, saw faces peering out of the entry. We surveyed around the bunker and saw that squad approaching. Hugh said: “These people are going to die. I’m not going to let this happen, we’ve got to do something. Are you guys with me?”


giovanni_f's picture


Here's an American pilot talking about the joys of napalm:

"We sure are pleased with those backroom boys at Dow. The original product wasn't so hot — if the gooks were quick they could scrape it off. So the boys started adding polystyrene — now it sticks like shit to a blanket. But then if the gooks jumped under water it stopped burning, so they started adding Willie Peter [white phosphorous] so's to make it burn better. It'll even burn under water now. And just one drop is enough, it'll keep on burning right down to the bone so they die anyway from phosphorous poisoning."



Tasty Sandwich's picture

With all the firearms here, it will be much more interesting.

Cloud9.5's picture

Then again maybe not.  A well armed society is by necessity a polite society.

Rogue Trooper's picture

Salient comment and relevant beyond the USA (you think you are they only ones with such tools?).  One can find some degree of confort in owning the "Black rifle", which is, the world wide symbol for the individual.

Let the cards fall as they will.


Buck Johnson's picture

You and I both know when this happens in the US, it will be hell on earth.  We are a selfish people and believe the bad won't happen to us.  But when you can't get food to eat and your money is in hyperinflation then you will have a nation of killers and hate going at people.


giovanni_f's picture

You said "when this happens", not "if". You are correct.

new game's picture

remember the oil embargo and how polite mericans were, ha-hunger and guns, an interesting mix...

N2OJoe's picture

Because of course, learning to feed yourself is totally out of the question...

White Mountains's picture

This shows you what is truely valuable: #1 of course is health.  After that, you gotta eat. 

Do you have a years supply of food stored up?  If so great.  It's a start.  No THAT is true wealth.

OldPhart's picture

I eat, precisely, one meal a day.  It might be breakfast, lunch or dinner, but I can only do one meal a day.  My planning provides my family with four 'meals' a day.  (Plus another fifty a day for the neighborhood, but they're on my feeding schedule...once a day.)

I don't know why, but I'm good on eating once a day (once in a while I'll snack on nuts and shit, but I'm not a big eater.)  I ordered 1" steaks and can only accomplish, at most, half of one,

I think it comes from when I was a kid.  I just learned to do it.

No point to this story, just reflecting on the three times a day vs once a day meme.  Though I look at "Eating once in a while"  as actually normal.  I don't get emotional about this.  But to my immediate left is enough to feed the entire neighborhood for two years.  Water, though, I really have to work on that. I'm really fucking short there.

Divine Wind's picture





The former commander of JSOC, Bill McRaven, is renowned for eating 1 meal per day.

Even during combat deployments, one meal per day.

drendebe10's picture

Gubmints everywhere are fukt. Politician miedras everywhere are corrupt lying bastardos. Fukem all.

LetThemEatRand's picture

No doubt the government and its policies played a major role, but let's not forget what Perkins taught us about the role of the bankers in this fiasco.  Blaming "socialism" alone is a bit propagandistic, if not pro-banker.

The Ingenious Gentleman's picture

Here's the rule. If an enemy of the US spreads a portion of its oil wealth among the people (i.e. Gaddafy's Libya, Venezuela, Iran), they're nasty socialists and really should be taken out.

If a friend of the US does the same (e. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar), it's perfectly natural. Why, it's only fair that the people should benefit, but only after the elite have taken the lion's share of course.    

strannick's picture

We're just jealous we're not elite, Khazarian, scumbag Bankers

giovanni_f's picture

The rule is currently being enforced in Venezuela and Ecuador. Correa committted the unforgiveable crime to kick out the IWF and Word bank bastards from the country and the spaces the were occupying on the governement premises proper. There are constant protests instigated against him by the oligarch-controlled media. But in the moment he would try to limit the agitation power of the oligarchs no doubt the western media whores would squeal like pigs about a jeopardized "freedom of press".

Jus7tme's picture

I can't help but detect a smidgen of anti-socialist propaganda in this article.

FreedomGuy's picture

There is a difference between evidence and propoganda. 

pigs-n-space's picture

Dig deeper, their is more than a smidgen. ......

Memedada's picture


And I don’t have the time to reformulate/redo the following (from a former reply to an indoctrinated ‘Ayn Rand’-type/US-born-ideologue - before it's spewed “fascism is socialism” all “state-centered-policies” are socialist or whatever):

My (the European/historical – not blurred by decades of capitalist propaganda) definition of the two terms:

Capitalism: an economy centered on the private ownership of the means of production. THAT IS WHAT WE’VE GOT! Everything of importance (including the state itself) is privately owned by a small group (the 0,01%). There’re around the world attempts to take some of the capital back to were it belongs (the people) but those attempts are ALWAYS (attempted) countered by US/Western intelligence-institutions (for instance read ‘Confessions of an economic hitman’).

Socialism: an economy centered on the common/social and/or the public ownership of the means of production.

Notice that both economic systems can have STRONG STATES – or no state. Yes, socialism does not necessarily equates a huge state and/or bureaucracy. A capitalist state can have that as well. STRONG POLITICAL INTERVENTION IS NOT EQUAL SOCIALISM. There’re in socialism (like in capitalism) many branches – from anarchist socialism (the real/historical and in all parts of the world except US libertarianism) to state socialism.

In capitalism you have ‘monopoly capitalism’ (the end result of all forms of capitalism) to laissez-faire capitalism (the wet dream of Ayn Rand disciples). The latter will naturally (due to the accumulative nature of capitalism) end in the former = the concentration of power/wealth in fewer and fewer hands.

What we’ve got today – as the dominant and global ideology – is FASCISM/capitalism.

To say that fascism is socialism is an insult to all the socialists that were murdered/executed/killed fighting by fascists regimes – together with labor-unionist, communists, anarchists/libertarians (the real sort that fight all forms of authority and not just the state) and left-wing intellectuals. Hitler banned the communist parties and the socialist parties. You will have a very hard time finding anyone from Europe (who have experienced full-blown fascism in recent history) who doesn’t know that fascism is an extreme right-wing ideology. We know who supported the fascists – in Denmark many of the right-wing newspapers that welcomed Hitler’s rise to power and later invasion of Denmark are still active today (Jyllands Posten, Berlingske Tidende), the conservative party of Denmark marched in brown-shirts and black boots with Swastikas and the big business owners profited by the German war-machine (like they do today by the US war-machine) etc. etc. The same is true for all other European countries.

The absolute majority of freedom-fighters during WWII in Europa was left-wing + the international brigade that fought Franco’s fascism was comprised of anarchists and socialists (by the way they fought Stalin’s brigades just as fiercely as they fought the fascists). Orwell and Hemmingway have written extensively about this.



Cloud9.5's picture

Here is the deal.  Socialism whether it’s the Lenin version or the Hitler version puts forth the same big lie.  The state will take care of you.  This causes people to abandon all the traditional networks of family and community that supported humanity through the millennia.  Parents do not need their children to look after them in their old age.  The state will do it.  Women do not need husbands to look after their families, the state will do it.  Individuals do not need to set aside resources to take care of themselves in their golden years, the state will do it.



Now that the states are universally bankrupt we find that we now have generations of helpless, hapless mooks who don’t have a clue on how to fend for themselves. 

Memedada's picture

I don’t know why I read your comment – you clearly didn’t read mine. I can guess – based on your ignorance on these matters – that you’re US-born ‘n raised.

States making promises does not equates socialism (nor fascism for that matter). Most of the ‘welfare’-institutions were implemented by capitalist (and historically also by Kings and Emperors) who feared rebellious masses. The defining principle of socialism vs. capitalism/fascism is still the ownership of the means of production (quo bono of the economic system – who get to keep the spoils?). Our system is rigged to benefit the 0,01%. Including for example policies like ‘Obama’-care and food-stamps (that I guess in your indoctrinated mind are ‘socialist’ (?))  – these are capitalist policies forcing people to buy necessities from their capitalist masters.

Second: both capitalism and socialism has a state-centered branch and a stateless branch. To be a socialist is not the same as being pro-state. I’m a libertarian. The real sort. Look it up.


TeamDepends's picture

You are blurred with socialist propaganda! Monopoly capitalism is a product of GREED, not capitalism. Fascism is NOT an extreme right position, as we in the US are finding out the hard way with our First, Second, and Fourth Amendments under daily attack by radical progressives. A century ago the CPUSA, realizing the word "communist" was/is toxic, started calling themselves "progressives".

The goal of socialism is communism.
Democracy is the road to socialism.

Memedada's picture

First, Lenin and Marx both supported the state-centered version of socialism. I don’t. For contemporary writers (with Lenin and Marx) read Bakunin, Kropotkin, Goldman and Proudhon about stateless socialism/anarchism. Marx – by the way – was a huge supporter of capitalism (as an improvement in relation to feudalism/mercantilism). He was just imaginative enough to try to envision what would (or in his more political works should) come after capitalism (yes, all students of history knows that all paradigms have a shelf-time – that includes capitalism).

Second, I would write similar arguments as you if I had followed the curriculum at the Universities I’ve studied at (including a private University in US: Willamette). I only know about real anarchism/socialism and it’s history through my own studies and my social networks. Anarchism/socialism is only mentioned in mainstream-outlets with a negative connotation – why do think that is? Were do I find the ‘socialist propaganda’ you speak of? Give me a couple of links?

Third, greed is the fuel of capitalism.

“In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.”
  - Matt Taibbi, Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

Fourth, there’re no left-wing in US of importance. Both your ‘parties’ are bought and paid for by your capitalist masters. All your medias are (90%+) are privately owned. If there’re any ‘progressives’ (which basically just translates to being ‘pro change’ – and who is not in these times?) with any airtime/platforms of importance considered them as disinformation-agents/paid shills. Give me a name or two of these 'progressives' and I can help you 'follow the money'. OK, maybe not completely true, Bernie Sanders seems to be one who is not bought. Good luck to him (I’m not sarcastic).

Fifth, can you not imagine other forms of tyranny than socialism/communism? (Since you see the attacks on the ‘Amendments’ as a priori ‘socialist/communist’).

Sixth: What is your definition of socialism, fascism and capitalism respectively?


serotonindumptruck's picture

So...I should go fuel my truck up at Citgo?

rsnoble's picture

I only had one meal today. 40oz porterhouse. LOL.

rsnoble's picture

Being on the topic of food made me hungry again.  Now i'm having a large piece of pumpkin cake drenched in cream cheese frosting and washing it down with milk.

I don't think I would fare well with empty grocery store shelves.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Just imagine how your average Venuzuelan would feel about that 40 oz porterhouse and slice of pumpkin cake.

You think they might be willing to rip your heart out with their bare hands for the opportunity to get a taste?

It's GOOD to be King, ain't it?

rsnoble's picture

Despite my off-color humor, you're mistaken if you think I don't feel sorry for them.  It's not like I can fedx half the thing to them.  I'm just feasting before it's our turn.

Monetas's picture
Monetas (not verified) rsnoble Aug 30, 2015 10:39 PM

I don´t feel sorry for them .... they loved Chavez !