As Venezuelan "Bread War" Escalates, Maduro Warns Bakers "You Will Pay, I Swear"

Tyler Durden's picture

With its people resorting to eating flamingoes, the Venezuelan government has decided to find yet another thing to blame for the collapse of the socialist utopia - the bakers!

As The BBC reports, the Venezuelan government says it will expropriate bakeries which fail to abide by new government regulations aimed at tackling bread shortages.

In a growing row between the government and bakers, officials said that bakeries could face fines if people had to queue to get their bread. Severe shortages of basic goods mean that Venezuelans often have to queue for hours to buy essential items.

The government says the shortages are caused by an "economic war".

Venezuela does not produce wheat and relies on imports bought in by the government which it then sends to mills where it is ground and then distributed.

 

The government blames bakers for the bread shortages, accusing them of using the flour allocated to them to bake pastries rather than simple baguette-style bread in order to maximise their profits.

 

 

Croissants and other sweet baked goods are more expensive than baguettes and French-style breads, as the prices for the latter are controlled by the socialist government.

So the government has decided that more price controls will fix the problem and has unveiled new rules for bakers...

  • Use 90% of flour to bake savoury bread and only 10% for pastries and cakes
  • Provide a constant supply of bread throughout the day from 07:00 to 19:00
  • Ensure next day's supply by holding over bread from the previous day

And the rules will be strictly enforced...

On Sunday, President Nicolas Maduro announced that inspectors would be sent to 709 bakeries in the capital, Caracas, to ensure they were complying with the new rules.

 

He said that those "speculators who hide the bread from the people will face the weight of the law".

 

"They're going to pay, I swear. Those responsible for the bread war are going to pay and they better not complain that it was a political persecution," he added.

 

Vice-President Tareck El Aissami warned that "bakeries which do not follow [the rules] will be occupied by the government".

As The Miami Herald notes, two bakeries were already seized for 90 days for breaking a number of rules, including selling overpriced bread.

Juan Crespo, the president of the Industrial Flour Union called Sintra-Harina, which represents 9,000 bakeries nationwide, said the government’s heavy hand isn’t going to solve the problem. “The government isn’t importing enough wheat,” he said. “If you don’t have wheat, you don’t have flour, and if you don’t have flour, you don’t have bread.” He said the country needs four, 30-ton boats of wheat every month to cover basic demand.

The notion that bread could become an issue in Venezuela is yet another indictment of a socialist economic system gone bust.

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AtATrESICI's picture

"I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."

~Popeye

Looney's picture

 

bakeries which do not follow [the rules] will be occupied by the government

And with that a new movement is born – “Occupy a Bagel Shop”.   ;-)

Looney

Douche McGoosh's picture
Douche McGoosh (not verified) Looney Mar 17, 2017 12:05 PM

Bakers: "We don't need no stinking fiat!!"

(Q: What rises faster? The bread in the oven or the stacks of worthless Bolivars in the till?)

Arnold's picture

The whipping will continue......

El Vaquero's picture

Lure the enforcers into the back and stab them in the neck.  Then compost the motherfuckers and spread them on the garden.  That's a way forward for Venezuela.  

knukles's picture

This is your New World Order Great Socialist Paradise.

Raffie's picture

Wonder what the guards are getting paid with.

Bread?...

Jim Sampson's picture

So sad...  And painfull... Stupid people here think Socialism is wonderful.  How?  HOW?  Seriously... how?  So many examples... how?

tmosley's picture

Communism is death. Those who bring communism deserve to die, same as any mass murderer.

Drop him from a fucking helicopter.

Syrin's picture

I always have to wonder about the mental makeup of a person willing to follow through with this insane man's order.   Would any of YOU go arrest a baker not following through on threats especially when the country is on the verge of mass starvation?   

TeamDepends's picture

First they came for the bakers, but I was not a baker....

The_Juggernaut's picture

They voted for Chavez, didn't they?  Fuck 'em.  This is what they get.

Chief Wonder Bread's picture

there are still independent businesses left in Venezuela? That's what you call optimist.

Paper Mache's picture

Very poignant take on Niemoller''s heartwrenching and thought provoking little poem. 

tmosley's picture

They know they would be imprisoned themselves if they failed to follow the order. They have to put up with it until the situation becomes so dire that everyone is ready to revolt at once. Then the dam breaks.

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Ceausesco style.

 

That shit in Romania went down fast.  All it took was 100 crazy fuckers to fight their way in.  Then it was over.  That is how little support he had in the end.  Didn't he hang on a lamppost too?  I can't remember.  I sorta like to see my freedom fighters following tradition.

 

Bummer.  No lamppost hanging.  And the hundred or so crazy fuckers just flushed him out.  He got off easy by firing squad.   

froze25's picture

Because the people that are fed and still paid are the ones doing the arresting.

Cloud9.5's picture

The enforcers continue to eat. It is not hardto understand at all. 

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

What would you expect from military and law enforcement?   When the country is on the verge of mass starvation most will follow orders, lest they and their families join the starving masses.

proV's picture

Baking hard to produce pastries when country is on "verge of mass starvation" is a war crime.

American Psycho's picture

Communism works, they are just not doing it correctly

/~sarc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ7YlgzW1jQ

Raffie's picture

SOCIALISM DOES WORK, for the people running it.

VWAndy's picture

 As soon as the goons take over the bakery the first thing they will do? Run off with all the bread. Thats how they roll every time.

Handful of Dust's picture

Obama's dream country for the USA.

 

Sad, Hiltlery won't be able to continue Soweeto's Marxist agenda to throw every American into poverty and starvation.

therover's picture

"Thats how they roll every time."

Like the pun !

 

Got The Wrong No's picture

Has any one seen a bleeding heart Lib try and start a fund or any kind of Humanitarian Aid to help their starving Socialist Friends? I didn't think so.

I guess it will take a Hated Conservative to help their loser asses again.

Smedley's picture

A glimpse into our future, the only question is how long?

:D

Yaaaaaay.....

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Douche McGoosh Mar 17, 2017 12:45 PM

JAIL THE BAKERS

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Chris Dakota Mar 17, 2017 1:14 PM

'bakesters' feels like it's missing a consonant

mkkby's picture

There is NO SHORTAGE. 

Poor saps standing in line need to find the back door.  What, you only have worthless bolivars?  We use them to fire the ovens.  Bring a hard currency.  Next.

Benjamin123's picture

Hard currency is illegal.

shamus001's picture

"You will pay!" Doesnt sound like a reponse from an elected official, it sounds like a threat from a Dictator!

Perhapse to avoid the gulag, ALL PRODUCERS OF GOODS should close up shop. There! Thatll make Maduro happy!

TwelveOhOne's picture

That was exactly my thought.  "You think you can run my business better than me?  Fine, do it."  *Walks away."  Long Galt.

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

Whew boy, those bakeries will be WAAAAAY more efficient when government bureaucrats run them, that's for sure! </s>

TeamDepends's picture

And diverse! Oh wait, Venezuela is not in the Mandatory Multiculturalism Zone.

greenskeeper carl's picture

No, non white countries are allowed to maintain their ethni-centric common culture. Latin America is for Latinos, Asia is for Asians, Africa is for Africans, etc. But America and Europe are for EVERYONE.

Benjamin123's picture

Nobody actually stops anyone from migrating to latin america. It is mostly a mongrel continent not for lack of immigrants. And latino isnt a race anyway, unless black/indian/white mongrels are a race.

Latin america today, the world tomorrow!

TwelveOhOne's picture

Similarly, I had the thought yesterday that "African-American" is still a huge category which is ill-defined.  Consider, "Nigerian" versus "South African" versus "Ethiopian" -- wide differences, in language, culture, native animals and plants, etc.

Thus, the term "African-American" is still "racist".  Politically correct is a euphemism for the word euphemism.

Benjamin123's picture

Wrong! Venezuela was The Original multicultural country.

Consuelo's picture

 

 

 And the thugs w/badges who carry out the orders; Whose paychecks, food-on-the-table, livelihood and overall life-expectancy totally depend on following through with those orders, are all too happy to carry them out.    Something to never forget ---

AtATrESICI's picture

Sounds like the makings of a movement that the banker class will love... 

fbazzrea's picture

"I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."--WIMPY

proved to be a visionary blast from the past for a nation on the leading edge of hyperinflation. and i always thought Wimpy was just a freeloader, instead he was a regular Nostradamus. (:

Citxmech's picture

That was Wimpy - not Popeye.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Mar 17, 2017 12:02 PM

Bread helmets bitchez!

Relentless's picture

No you dont understand. The Govt learned about bread helmets, that's why they're screwing the bakers, to disarm the people and prevent them from using bread helmets!

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

Those fuken bakers - enemy of the state every time.  Can't trustem!

centerline's picture

The Great Pastry Wars of 2017.  Sounds sort of Monty Python-ish.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) centerline Mar 17, 2017 12:22 PM

Sounds more HOMER SIMPSON-ish to me...

 

DO(ug)H!

 

The Wizard's picture

Irony: It is probably regulations by the government that limited the number of people who wished to be bakers.Now the regulations are claiming we need more bakers.

 

Got The Wrong No's picture

But in reality they will get more regulators.