Scenes From The Venezuela Apocalypse: "Countless Wounded" After 5,000 Loot Supermarket Looking For Food

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Over the last several years we have documented with clockwork regularity Venezuela's collapse into failed state status, which was cemented several weeks ago when news hit that "Venezuela had officially run out of money to print new money."  At that point the best one could do was merely to step back and watch as local society and civilization turned on itself, unleashing what would ultimately turn into Venezuela's own, sad apocalypse.

Last night we showed what Caracas, looks like this week:


As we wrote then these are simply hungry Venezuelans protesting that their children are dying from lack of food and medicine and that they do not have enough water or electricity. As AgainstCronyCapitalism added, this is a country with more oil than Saudi Arabia, and the government has stolen all the money and now they bottleneck peaceful protesters and threaten them with bombs (or haul them to prison and torture them).

As pure desperation has set in, crime has becomes inevitable. A man accused of mugging people in the streets of Caracas was surrounded by a mob of onlookers, beaten and set on fire, who published a pixeled-out but still graphic video of the man burning as mob justice is now the supreme arbiter of who lives and who dies:

"Roberto Fuentes Bernal, 42, was reportedly caught trying to mug passersby in the Venezuelan capital, and before police arrived at the scene, the crowd took the law into their own hands." The video can be seen here.

Now, in the latest shocking development, Venezuela saw a new wave of looting this week that resulted in at least two deaths, countless wounded, and millions of dollars in losses and damages.

According to Panampost, on Wednesday morning, a crowd sacked the Maracay Wholesale Market in the central region of Venezuela.  According to the testimonies of merchants, the endless food lines that Venezuelans have been enduring to do groceries could not be organized that day.


As time went by, desperate Venezuelans grew anxious over not being able to buy food. Then they started jumping over the gates and stormed the supermarket.

"They took milk, pasta, flour, oil, and milk powder. There were 5,000 people" one witness told Venezuela outlet El Estímulo.

People from across the entire state came to the supermarket because there were rumors that some products not found anywhere else would be sold there.

As a result of the massive crowd, the authorities were unable to preserve the peace. "There were 250 people for each National Guard officer… lots of people and few soldiers. At least one officer was beat up because he tried to stop the crowd,” another source told El Estímulo.

Other food dispensaries run by the government were also looted by the people.

Far from the promised socialist paradise, as the massive group of people moved, an entrance gate collapsed under the weight of the crowd, leaving several wounded.

The image below shows a human stampede over rice.

Over the last two weeks, several provinces have hosted scenes of looting in pharmacies, shopping malls, supermarkets, and food delivery trucks. In several markets, shouts of “we are hungry!” echoed. On April 27, the Venezuelan Chamber of Food (Cavidea) reported that the country’s food producers only had 15 days left of inventory.

PanamPost adds that lootings are becoming an increasingly common occurrence in Venezuela, as the country’s food shortage resulted in yet another reported incident of violence in a supermarket — this time in the Luvebras Automarket located in the La Florida Province of Caracas.

Venezuelans lost control this week when offered small portions

Videos posted to social media showed desperate people falling over each other trying to get bags of rice. One user claimed the looting occurred because it is difficult to get cereal, and so people “broke down the doors and damaged infrastructure.”

In the central province of Carabobo, residents ransacked a corn warehouse located in the coastal city of Puerto Cabello. They reportedly broke down the gate because workers were giving away small portions.

"There’s no rice, no pasta, no flour,” resident Glerimar Yohan told La Costa, “only hunger.”

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Social Collapse Is Inevitable

With the economy dead, the only thing remaining is to watch as society implodes. To that end, Oscar Meza, Director of the Documentation Center for Social Analysis (Cendas-FVM), said that measurements of scarcity and inflation in May are going to be the worst to date. “We are officially declaring May as the month that [widespread] hunger began in Venezuela,” he told Web Noticias Venezuela. … “As for March, there was an increase in yearly prices due to inflation — a 582.9 percent increase for food, while the level of scarcity of basic products remains at 41.37 percent."

“We are officially declaring May as the month that hunger began
in Venezuela,” says an NGO that measures inflation and scarcity

Meza said the trigger for the crisis is the shortage of bread and other foods derived from wheat.

“Prices are so high that you can’t buy anything, so people don’t buy bread, they don’t buy flour. You get porridge, you see the price of chicken go up and families struggle … lunch is around 1,500 bolivars… People used to take food from home to work, but now you can’t anymore because you don’t have food at home."

The is why, Español Ramón Muchacho, Mayor of Chacao in Caracas, said the streets of the capital of Venezuela are filled with people killing animals for food. "Muchacho reported that in Venezuela, it is a “painful reality” that people “hunt cats, dogs and pigeons” to ease their hunger."

Subsquently, Muchacho warned that Caribbean islands and Colombia may suffer an influx of refugees from Venezuela if food shortages continue in the country.

“As hunger deepens, we could see more Venezuelans fleeing by land or sea to an island,” Muchacho said.

And that is how all socialist utopias always end.

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Meanwhile, as civil war appears inevitable, as previously reported there are factions vying to oust Maduro, although we are confident the dictator will hang on for dear life (literally) and force his population to endure more of this socialist nightmare. One can only hope that these shocking scenes remain relegated to the streets of offshore socialist paradises, although Americans should always prepare for the worst in case they eventually manage to make their way into the country.

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css1971's picture

Zombie apocalypse.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) eforce May 13, 2016 5:14 PM


Meet result.

knukles's picture

Put the TSA in charge of it and they'll be more orderly.

If you don't like your socialism, you can stuff it up your arse

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Desperate men will do desperate things. And I am NOT just talking about the citizens, but of 'leadership'. Power and control is all they ultimately care about.

<Insanity runs deep in the elite. This would all end quickly if the elite of Venezuela truly wanted the people to prosper...or even just survive.>

0b1knob's picture

< Nothing of value lost.

< And not a single shit was given by anybody.

SWRichmond's picture

Maybe they will sing in tune After the revolution.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) SWRichmond May 13, 2016 5:37 PM

That place is starting to look like Scandinavia!!!

Oh, wait... I mean without the altruism gene.

COSMOS's picture

Staged events by the opposition trying to whip up public hysteria.  Pretty easy to get a few thousand of their supporters to raid a store.  Im not buying the press campaign.  Just look at the huge moves against Brazil etc.  Something stinks to high heaven and its not Socialism.  Smells more like a USA style capitalistic coup in the making.

macholatte's picture

South America, Mexico, Europe & Middle East are completely fucked up or going to be very soon. Their misery will spread to North America and even Australia. It’s a cancer. Nobody, nowhere is safe as long as the mentally ill politicians are in power.

The only places that might be a refuge are places where the standards of living are already crappy, like small villages in Africa, India, Mongolia, etc. Those folks won’t notice much difference in their lifestyles and they already know how to deal with criminals and miscreants.
The best you can hope for is a couple years to get your shit together and find a refuge outside of any city or town bigger than 10,000 people.


Gaius Frakkin&#039; Baltar's picture

And a place where food can be grown year round...

Bad ideas mixed with bad genes is always a recipe for disaster.

Mr. Bones's picture

Every nation is n meals away from revolution.

Automatic Choke's picture

looks just like socialism to me.   what's new?

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

The USA, at a date yet to be determined

nuubee's picture

Why can't people who want free shit just loot stores responsibly and not leave a horrific mess to clean up? Oh right, tragedy of the commons, right right...

Backin2006's picture

The same thing is happening to a greater or lesser extent in the more or less socialist countries of the West. It's just taking us longer to reach the tipping point. That's all.

Socialism sucks!

CheapBastard's picture

" They didn't loot that. "


"If you want to keep your looters, you can keep your looters. "


" Yes we can ... Loot! "

D Nyle's picture

Guess it's to late for PETA to save the house pets

FEDbuster's picture

Free Shirt Army feeling the Bern of Socialism.  No bread and little circuses.  While American media rambles on about Trump's tax returns.  


Handful of Dust's picture

This is what Sanders voters will look like after he's in office for 8 years.


It's scary.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Bullshit....posters upthread are correct...

This is how governments are toppled...good news gets NO press, bad news gets pounded into your head...

India is very close to this, though on the surface everything is humming along creakily as it always has.

The deep state is loosing it's hoards of bred intelligence units in each target nation.

And the USSA is not so far away, it's only the lipstick on that pig is really sticky.

The disingenuously named obamacare is the tip of the spear, patriot act the shaft....

if you cannot get th ejews off your backs you are finished. You CANNOT get th ejews off your backs, so you ARE done and dusted...manifestering destiny and all....

good news...


Richard Chesler's picture

Civil war should've happened shortly after that piece of shit Chavez took over. It would've saved a lot of pain. 

jeff montanye's picture

it was not for want of the cia trying.  everything is a rich man's trick. cosmos upthread has it about right.  the u.s. dedicates itself monomaniacally to destroying every state that doesn't obey and israel periodically hits the u.s. when it seems to forget who its master is.  

don't believe it at your peril; the facts are otherwise.

and the only way that has a prayer of changing anything is to break open the murderous treason of 9-11 for the world to see.

wise_owl_says...'s picture

elite socialists are 'planning' for everyone elses future ;-)  muppet socialists only think about today and never plan for tomarrow (that requires thinking). well folks, its tomarrow in venezuela and coming to a country you depend on real soon. how those ebt cards working out for ya? reap what you vote,  j a c k a s s e s.

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Backin2006's picture

Sorry socialism + selling out your country to the banksters sucks!

Never One Roach's picture

They look pretty well-fed to be "starving."


That's odd?

A Nanny Moose's picture

This is the equality that all the R-Selective egalitarian communist fucks wanted. Take a good look at it.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) A Nanny Moose May 14, 2016 12:31 PM

Yet they still want to Feel The Bern here.

Handful of Dust's picture

Yes, this is the Socialist Utopia of Starvation and Soaring Crime


‘We have a problem.’ Homicides are up again this year in more than two dozen major U.S. cities.


" 4 Moar Years! ... 4 Moar Years!  .... "

Never One Roach's picture

Another 4-8 years of "Change you can believe in" and you can see the results in Venezuela. Cuba is another example of severe p[overty and backwardness after years of "Utopia."

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

They will...with or without Bernie Bolshevik.

Lore's picture

No. This is a deliberate action by the globalist psychopaths to wreck the economy: punishment for resistance to external imposition of a puppet / stooge / petrodollar-subservient government (e.g., so-called "color revolutions").  Venezuela has a generous endowment of energy and other resources and would have a strong economy and cohesive society without international interference. We see the same thing over and over (Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, East Ukraine, Libya, take your pick, ~50 nations and populations buggered at different times since WW2). 

A Nanny Moose's picture

not mutually exclusive ideas. Socialism is a tool of globalists.

Took Red Pill's picture

Lore. You hit the nail on the head. I'm surprised more here on ZH are not saying the same thing and instead blaming it on failed Socialism. I sent this article to someone I know with close ties to Venezuela. This is what they reported back to me;

“The best thing that ever happened to Latin America was the US invading Iraq because the US got distracted from Latin America-- The US has again turned its guns back on Latin America and they've taken down Chile, Brazil, Argentina and they are doing serious damage to Venezuela with embargos and the manufactured oil crisis,  which  results in shortages of food and more.  I think this piece is an overstatement, but the US is arming and urging the middle class in Venezuela to make the place ungovernable.   There will likely be some kind of coup there soon, whether military or parliamentary as just happened in Brazil.”

NidStyles's picture

The globalists are only making the point that socialism can not exist in multi-racial societies. Nationalities exist for a reason.


They want everyone to erase their nationality. They one race of dumbed down inbred browns to do their bidding.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

PETA kills pets...they do NOT save them!

fattail's picture

Looks like Ferguson and  Baltimore.

CheapBastard's picture
Chinese bullet train in Venezuela stalls as alliance derails


ZARAZA, Venezuela (AP) — It was once billed as a model of socialist fraternity: South America's first high-speed train, powered by Chinese technology, crisscrossing Venezuela to bring development to its backwater plains. Now all but abandoned, it has become a symbol of economic collapse — and a strategic relationship gone adrift.

Where dozens of modern buildings once stood, cattle now graze on grass growing amid the rubble of the project's gutted and vandalized factory. A red arched sign in Chinese and Spanish is all that remains of what until 16 months ago was a bustling complex of 800 workers.

That's when the project's Chinese managers quietly cleared out.

beeeeeep's picture

After some Venezuelans read that article I'm sure they ran out there to make some steaks.  Those cows never had a chance.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Typical socialists...too fucking lazy and stupid to milk them.  Just eat them and hope to find more later on.  Just eat the crop seed instead of planting it, and hope to find more. Just suck the blood out of productive people and hope to find more.

MontgomeryScott's picture

That road is being traveled, and the turn down towards that final destination was on November 7, 2008.

I bet the people are pissed because they don't have 'transgender bathrooms' in the public schools (wait, that's BRAZIL). Speaking of 'BRAZIL', have you ever seen the movie? It's PRESCIENT (or, 'predictive programming', as it were).

Venezuela is a member of OPEC. Therefore, they participated in the construction of the PETRODOLLAR.

On November 7, 2008, the U.S.S. Titanic/Olympic hit the iceberg. The ship of state didn't sink, though (immediately).

My next window of opportunity to sign up for Obama-deathcare is coming up. Bernie is promising that I can go to college for FREE.


(BUT, my government PROMISED that nothing bad would EVER happen...) Did you know that HYUNDAI is an 'official sponsor' of the 'NFL'? Boy, those Koreans REALLY CAN play FOOTBALL!

A new day is dawning... a 'thousand points of light'... and a 'kinder, gentler' version of a globalist NWO 'rule of law' (not 'law of the jungle') police state is emerging (at least, Poppy Bush sed so). I think he did too much acid, personally, during his stint at the CIA.


SMR, are you STACKING?

True Blue's picture

Isn't the 'NFL' a 'non-profit'?

A Pimp&#039;s love is different's picture

"Bernie is promising that I can go to college for FREE."


So just think about that one for a moment. That means that Will Hunting, for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library, will have paid more than the Harvard asshole. Whereby, the Harvard asshole will then be serving fries to Will Hunting' kids at the takeout window on his way to the ski trip.

jeff montanye's picture

speaking of the movie "brazil" here is the man who produced it:

he also stole the triggers for israel's secret nuclear weapons, got another to take the fall and then disappeared that guy. he also produced oliver stone's film "jfk" which accuses many people and groups, most of them guilty to a degree but never mentions the prime mover, mossad.

these people, the likud/mossad/dual nationality israeli-americans, are running rings around us, killing us with impunity, while we argue idiot points about negroes and homosexuals.

many points of view expressed here are, in the word of donald trump, sad.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

(JFK assassination) the prime mover, mossad.

I cannot believe there are 6 people as deranged as you. If you saw the movie "Rich Man's Trick", as you tout, then you would know its central premise is the Skull & Bones/Mafia collaboration. You have Jews under your bed, obviously.

harleyjohn45's picture

And where is a place where you can grow food all year long.  Most places in the USA has winters and the only thing you can grow in winter is collards.

Calmyourself's picture

Which is why people of high intelligence have developed methods to store and preserve foods with no refrigeration for years; see the bell curve and history of Scandinavian peoples for more.