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

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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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Belrev's picture

They have nowhere to go. USA is closed. ICE agents are arresting illegals even in courthouses now.

centerline's picture

Minisitry of Flour. 

NumberNone's picture

Looks like the government of Venezuela needs some more dough.  YEaaaahhhh....

actionjacksonbrownie's picture

What a farce. Venezuela is loaded with Gold, but they would rather endure all this strife and ship all their Gold to banksters.


I think there is a conspiracy in there somewhere.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Americans are free yet shackle themselves to insurance schemes like Obamacare/Trumpcare and bailing out pensions and banks... and illegals...

Got The Wrong No's picture

That is the life blood sucking sound of Socialism you hear.. Come get your unfree, free shit.  Step right up my little friend. 

techpriest's picture

Yes, it's called gross mismanagement by the government with no one to bail them out. We will learn soon enough what that is like when we don't have enough money to pay the MIC, who in turn forces the world to take our fiat.

Until then, endless bailouts until Other People's Money (your money) runs out.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) techpriest Mar 17, 2017 11:24 AM

Hence ~ Jungle training for US soldiers... After all, somebody has to go down and free all those resources from them for the jew bankers.

techpriest's picture

The worst part about this is, it's a battle of evil vs. evil. Maduro is literally preferring to let his people starve instead of admitting that he is an economic illiterate. At the same time, the vampire squid is always looking for new resources to suck down once a mis-manager destroys a nation's ability to defend itself.

secretargentman's picture

Seems ripe for a small group of well trained mercenaries. People will support a change, once the ball gets rolling.

Consuelo's picture



Seriously though...


Given the opportunity for plain & simple .gov Thuggery on El-Grande scale, the Schumer's of the world would have this here in 10-jack seconds if they could - and not just for bread...

techpriest's picture

We got a winner!

Many would rather be king over a third-world hellhole than do honest work in a thriving first-world nation.

chairman mao's picture

this is fuckn sad but this headline made me laugh

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

The truth is stranger than fiction. Maduro is either an imbecile or an evil puppet.

techpriest's picture

Look at it this way, if he told the truth and relinquished power to someone competent, would his head stay on his shoulders?

Friedrich not Salma's picture

C. Bus driver (taking the country to Hell in a breadbasket)

VWAndy's picture

 Looks like its time to exit the bread making buis. Maybe they soulda learnt to push paper instead.

roadhazard's picture

no, you want to be in the bread business because you get yours first.

Got The Wrong No's picture

Unless the Government is standing there when you are making it. Then the Baker only gets what fell on the floor.

guaposoyyo's picture

'let them eat cake'... really? Am I the first to make that joke?

dlweld's picture

You are, Marie, you are.

NoPension's picture

Just Fed Ex a stack of wheat contracts.

40, 000 lbs each?

Low-Withers's picture

That caught my eye also.

Math doesn't add up with 32 Million +/-.

Must be Governments Initial cut.

Everything in code these days.

cowdiddly's picture

"speculators who hide the bread from the people will face the weight of the law".

Wonder what the end of socialism looks like?

Is that a Baguette in yur pocket or are you just happy to see me?

dlweld's picture

I am - but it's gone a bit stale.

SoDamnMad's picture

Can't Maduro do one of those bread and fishes tricks like are found in the Bible?  Just keep reaching into the bag and pull out loaves until everyone is fed.  Works for Janet. She just keeps pulling out those FRN no end.


techpriest's picture

The only problem is, 1) you have to be Jesus, and 2) you have to be doing something righteous, as opposed to placating the masses while you party on taxpayer money.

dlweld's picture

That bread and fishes thing is OK, but covers over the poor planning - I mean who set up that multitude gathering with no food, no drink, no porta-potties? I guess no planning needed if you have a heavenly backup. Maduro doesn't though.

Kprime's picture

I bet they didn't even properly register for a licensed gathering and pay the required assembly fees.  lock em up.

Dr. Engali's picture

I'm sure there is no shortage of bread in Maduro's house, but I digress.

just the tip's picture

have you seen photos of hugo's two fat ass daughters?

dlweld's picture

They could feed a village for a week.

New_Meat's picture

and will in just a bit

Blankenstein's picture

Or at Chavez's daughter house.  She was the richest person in Venezula in 2015 - $4.2 billion.

css1971's picture

No socialist hs happy without a great big pile of dead bodies.


It's how they know they have acheived their goal. All dissent, eliminated.


You see it's far better that you are turned into a corpse than they are proven wrong.

just the tip's picture

so what you are offering is speculation that hillary is a socialist?

E.F. Mutton's picture

About time those smug bakery bastards got theirs.  Them and their fucking white coats, covered in flour and baking all day.  How fucking Bourgeois is that?

dlweld's picture

Yeah! Loafing around all day - tres, tres bourgeois. To the automatic slicer with them!

northern vigor's picture

"If they have no bread, then let them eat cake" 

atthelake's picture

Making your bread is very simple and much less expensive.

wisehiney's picture

That dude talks like my old lady.

SgtShaftoe's picture

Just print more bread Maduro you fucking twat! This level of institutional insanity is certainly astonishing.

TheGardener's picture

"Croissants and other sweet baked goods" are not quite pictured there, all I see is ham rolled into an empanada.



youngman's picture

well they say that carbs and Gluten are bad for starve on

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Are gay cakes included?