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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Boris Gudonov's picture

Taken to its inevitable extreme, this is the logical end point of the statist, socialist philosophy advocated by the Democratic Party in the U.S.

A decent high school civics course in the US explains to children why the government has no business dictating prices or allocation of goods.  if your children are not learning this, they are being miseducated.  And most US children are, in fact, being miseducated.





silverer's picture

At least Maduro had a source of income that worked for a while: Oil. The democrats think they can gut all manufacturing and wealth producing jobs in the US, then get all the money they need from borrowing into infinity and taxing ever shrinking middle class income.

Nobodys Home's picture

26lb hard white wheat..$15.48

Lasts many years in long term storage.

Get it while you can :)

silverer's picture

MillionDollarBogus! Where are you? Quick! Defend this perfect system in Venezuela!

Teja's picture

Maybe some Putin fan might also help out - Putin received the "Hugo Chavez Prize for Peace and Sovereignty" from Maduro. For pacifying Syria, of course.

I am looking forward to the comments when an "Orange Revolution" removes Maduro from power. Best way for him to become an anti-globalist hero.

Kprime's picture

it's code, Baguette Loaves Matter Too

Maduro needs to read more history; he could take a lesson from Marie-Antoinette

or maybe from Jesus, Matthew 14:19.   He should command the bakers to feed 5000 venezuelans with just five loaves.  And like the muslims you don't even have to count the women and children.  Why, with 10 lbs of flour he could near feed the entire country and start an export business with the left over broken pieces.  He could be like Elaine and just sell the muffin tops.

How about pulling a Philadelphia and just put a sugar tax on all the high priced sweets.  That should be good for a 40% consumption decline.  Then all those overweight Venezuelans who have been pigging out on donuts will have to cut back and eat healthy.

Benjamin123's picture

The muslims do that too? In the jewish system each soul equals 5 people, 1 male plus the women and children.

You count people by counting adult males.

Tom_Pain's picture

Price ceilings creating a shortage.  Imagine that.

Dilluminati's picture

Marxist never learn firts they run out of toilet papper, then bread.

Blame Capitalism


dlweld's picture

Well, you can't print more bread - but you can add more yeast and make yuuuge loaves - enough for all!

tbone10's picture

This will be the United States soon

Food Loaf Junkie's picture

Maduro the bread nazi :"NO CINNAMON ROLLS FOR YOU!!"

Wahooo's picture

Why can't people bake their own bread?

Nobodys Home's picture

Wheat shortage with all available sent to the bakeries.
I wouldn't be surprised if cooking fuel is in short supply too.

Dilluminati's picture

If it please the king my I not sell the bread for less than what I paid to bake it?

TheABaum's picture

This is your economy on socialism.

We have bread and circuses.

They have no bread, which helps since there's no toilet paper, either. 

Got it yet, Bernie Sanders supporters? 





Nobodys Home's picture

There's no bread...and now there's no more circuses either!

I knew Ringling Bros. going out of business was a .gov plot!!!

TheABaum's picture

Lawyers and animal rights whackos.

Conax's picture

Good idea, stop the bakers, take over the building, and nobody gets any bread.

These people have pus pockets for brains.

Madcow's picture

The Government's plan to solve to food crisis by getting rid of everyone who knows how to make food is never going to work.

RedDwarf's picture

Yes, the evil bakers are to blame.  Kill the bakers!  They want to keep all the bread for themselves!


wcole225's picture

Are you taking note, Bernie, you tax cheating socialist fraud? No, of course not.

south40_dreams's picture

Baker, Banker, they're all the same

Mr Perspective's picture

  "Venezuela does not produce wheat and relies on imports bought in by the government"

Confirmed. Con-Agra is trying to turn Venezuela into a Bagel Republic.

Canadien françcais's picture

People can live without healthcare for most of their life. Education can be rotten without immediate dire consequences (though in the long run the country will un-develop - sounds familiar ?)

But without food people die.

That's why the left usually focuses on socializing medicine and school, not food. Not that socialism works in those fields, it is just as destructive. It just lasts longer.


gregga777's picture

Then put your money where your mouth is. Buy wheat out of your funds and ship it to Venezuela to help those poor people being victimized by the CIA (Criminally Insane Agency).

Sparehead's picture

Nope, you're clinging to a deeply flawed and failed ideology. As Milton Friedman said, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.”

cat2005's picture

Not exactly but I would say it is partly true. Venezuela did this to itself and this outcome was inevitable. Undoubtedly Western powers are taking advantage of the situation to promote their own interests but Venezuela dived into this shit pile head first.

Mr Perspective's picture

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

Actually, it's not a notion. It is subversion. Food riots are a favorite op of the CIA and friends.

gregga777's picture

Put your money where your mouth is. Buy wheat out of your funds and ship it to Venezuela to help those poor people being victimized by the CIA (Criminally Insane Agency).

Mr Perspective's picture

Most "relief" shipments, especially wheat, never get to their intended destination. Why help outside interests overthrow another elected official?

shadow54's picture

I saw i guy once who proved that all the poor in North America could be fed with the amount bagels tossed out daily by the food industry.

shadow54's picture

Chavez destroyed Venezuela's farming industry. When oil prices were high he sold imported pork and beef so cheaply he put the farmers out of business. Then he imposed import controls so severe that everywhere land was ready to be sown but the farmers could not buy seeds or other products.

You see that Russia has actually thrived during low oil prices because Putin is smarter. One of his methods of retaliation was to cut imports, especially of food stuff and build local agriculture. This was done quickly.

The real truth here is not socialism or capitalism as both failed in Venezuela. Any nation that relies on oil at the expense of industry and local farming gets wrecked. In Venezuela both socialists and capitalists are not Nationalist enough.

People don't seem to understand that the sort of Nationalism that causes national goverment to build self reliance is the good nationalism.

jmack's picture

how did capitalism fail venezuela?

Sparehead's picture

I'm sure the government can have the bakeries running as well as the oil rigs in no time.

dickizinya's picture

California in five years.

jmack's picture

What are you in for?

   Triple murder, you?

Selling Brownies.

latasurf6's picture

Again to the simple minded, the US is always behind all the shit that hapens around the world

latasurf6's picture

The US is worse than Venezuela, but the American hillbillies don't see it. Trump is the reflextion of the ignorance prevailing.

jmack's picture

so you are gonna back your claim up by quoting the socialist government's news outlet?  hell, why dont you just quote bahgdad bob, or NBC news?

latasurf6's picture

To the peasants, and Durden as well, worry about your banana republic, or else papa Putin will have to come and kick some royal A@##, Mexico is waiting to oblige as well, and most likely Venezuela will kick in.

Boscovius's picture

Sheeeit!  Being poor in the U.S. means you still have a cell phone and all you can eat soda and chips.  Free Health care and easy access to Swisher's for rollin' dem blunts.

Sledge-hammer's picture
Sledge-hammer (not verified) Mar 17, 2017 5:05 PM

I will bet that they wished they had Costcos in Venezuela.