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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Kprime's picture

gay cakes are protected by law.  you must bake gay cake.

Seasmoke's picture

Maybe they are making bread helmets.

BritBob's picture

Completely Mad.

Venezuela appears for the first time as "not free" country report of Freedom House organization attributed the new category to "the combination of extreme economic mismanagement and heavy-handed Government" of President Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro is a keen supporter of Argentina's mythical Malvinas claim even speaking at regional conference on behalf of Argentina (CELAC).

How can Argentina claim the Falklands when she has never legally owned them?

Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina:

https://www.academia.edu/31111843/Falklands_Never_Belonged_to_Argentina

 

Still, why let a good old socialist distraction get in the way of the truth.

 

dlweld's picture

Heck, Argentina doesn't even belong to Argentina.

Teja's picture

You are a bit possessed about British possessions, aren't you?

I have something for you. Another possession. British West Florida. From a legal position, still seems to be British:

https://dbwf.net/

"How can the United States claim British West Florida when they never have legally owned it?"

Just saying.

SgtShaftoe's picture

Meh, they'll be underwater soon anyway. Who cares about them. They were just an excuse for the Argentine government to start a war with the UK to distract their own population.

BigWillyStyle87's picture
BigWillyStyle87 (not verified) Mar 17, 2017 12:26 PM

If the bakers had any balls they would go full gault and burn and their own bakeries to the fucking ground. Enough of this shit already.

techpriest's picture

If you've had a family business for 50 years it's hard to burn it down.

A lot of water is going to have to pass under the bridge first.

metanoic's picture

But how will the all benevolent government implement the excellent 'people's agricultural program' to produce their own cereal crops if they're so busy swat teaming bakery's ?

Grandad Grumps's picture

Because governments always do things better and for the benefit of the people ... right?

shimmy's picture

What a useless country. 

Richard Whitney's picture

Let's see Sean Penn and Joe Kennedy explain all this.

silverer's picture

MillionDollarBogus: Your socialist heroes at work.

just the tip's picture

begun, the bread wars have.

Piranha's picture

the evil baker lol

therover's picture

Time to find an alternate form of flour. Hmmmm...didn't the giant in Jack in the Beanstalk want to grind bones to make bread ?

Nobodys Home's picture

Cricket flour..more protein too!

therover's picture

Oh man....I buy those Exo protien bars......fucking GREAT !

Nobodys Home's picture

Yah? I haven't tried them yet. I do know that insect protein is better absorbed for the body to use than meat protein. Once you get over the eewww icky factor :)

dlweld's picture

Yeah, but shrimp and prawns are just bugs of the sea - pretty iccky little guys and what they eat - ugh!

I think of shrimp as "The cockroach of the sea". It's all in the marketting - stomach doesn't care. Maybe try "Cockroachs! The shrimp of the land!"

Low-Withers's picture

A Boston Contractor once told me, that when Raw Sewage was pumped directly into the Ocean,

"Guess where the biggest lobster were found?"

Nobodys Home's picture

"Ensure next day's supply by holding over bread from the previous day."

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

So how is THAT going to work? Friggin socialist entrapment?

dlweld's picture

Letting the bread go stale is treasonous - keep it fresh!

dlfield's picture

Occupy Bakeries !!!!

Dragon HAwk's picture

Why aren't the people making their own bread? oh Wait there is No Wheat. Stupid Government, but i repeat myself.

NAV's picture

And the bakers must be punished for having no wheat.

thisguyoverhere's picture

Simon Bolivar was correct in his assessment of the future for this part of S. America . . . apparently.

Maduro was allowed after Chavez because somewhere in Maduro's file was a note that he lacks critical thinking. As always the vulnerable suffer. Note to self, be not vulnerable.

Have to love how govts around world turn a blind eye to suffering, but import terrorists, uh hummm. 'Syrian refugees'. By the way, who ran the operation which stole the equipment from Syria and began printing fake passports in Turkey?

Its all about domination and control. If 'love' worked we'd all be great people, no my zero hedge readers, life requires right action, few words over a long timeline to do anything good. Read 'Meditations' by Marcus Aurelius, apply some precepts and perhaps in 100 years aim for a civilization 2.0.

Yes talk is cheap.

If you are able, find a way to get vulnerables out of the Venezuelan hell hole.

Mr.BlingBling's picture

I guess Each of us could go down there and marry a vulnerable 18 year old.
Venezuelan women are smoking' hot (e.g. Veronica Rodriguez).

DaveA's picture

In all news reports with photos of bread lines, I never see any evidence for your assertion. Nothing but ugly hags of African and Amerindian ancestry. Latinas have low IQs, ugly faces, and their bodies are busted by age 25. Don't flush your heritage down the toilet by marrying one.

In Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, or southern Brazil, you might find an actual white woman to marry.

NAV's picture

Let the Socialist government bake the bread and see how the peope fare!

The destruction of free enterprise markets always ends in chaos. And this will be America’s future if she continues to be marched toward fascist, state-controlled markets.

Already, as America swerves far left on the road to serfdom, her socialist enemies are robbing the people of their inheritance.  This current attempt of an ACLU/Soros Leftist coup will be a world far removed from the quiet peace of the world we inherited from our Founders. America's Third World fate  is no longer hard to imagine. For it is happening. The one-world socialist elite want what we have got.

Nobodys Home's picture

I'm in the middle of reading "The Road To Serfdom" now. Great book.

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

And Venezuela seems to be a textbook case of Atlas Shrugged.

Kprime's picture

In Venezuela you can shrug, but you still aint gettin no croissants

Spungo's picture

Does anyone know Maduro's home address? I'll send him the microeconomics book I got at a thrift shop for $4. It has supply curves and everything.

"the president of the Industrial Flour Union"
There's a flour union? wtf? 

Kprime's picture

this is no regular white bread union, it's an INDUSTRIAL flour union. 

orangegeek's picture

Keep on stacking folks.....stacking the bodies that is.

Oldrepublic's picture

running out of bread seems to  be common in socialist countries.

I remember when I was living in Moscow in 1992, just after the fall of the Soviet Union, when I found it very difficult to find bread in my neighborhood. It was cheap but almost unavailable. I remember that I had to ride the metro/subway for about 30 minutes to find a restaurant.

This is an old article from those days regarding bread

http://articles.latimes.com/1990-09-09/news/mn-336_1_bread-shortage

Hard to believe that the bureaucrats in Valenzuela could not arrange for a ship load of wheat!

BigSwingingJohnson's picture

I wonder how many hookers you can get in caracas for a bag of flour?

 

Nobodys Home's picture

Flour might come in handy for the fat ones.

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

It is kinda turning in to a Teotwawki paradise.    Imagine how well you would make out with a pawn shop too?  Assuming you could stay alive as the rich gringo.

Nobodys Home's picture

Pawnbrokers would have to have a warehouse just to store the bolivars in....Here's your pickup truck bed sized payment!

juicy_bananas's picture

DEMOCRATIC starvation!  Yuge difference!

Nolde Huruska's picture

Don't bring ciabatta to a gunfight.

dlweld's picture

Bring stale buns - they can really hurt!