How A Venezuela Food Protest Turned Into A Deadly Police Gunfight

After last week's first reported casualty during a Venezuela looting, things have, as expected, gotten exponentially worse and according to Reuters, the recent wave of lootings and food riots in crisis-hit Venezuela has left another three people dead in just the past few days. The state prosecutor's office is investigating the deaths of a 21-year-old man in eastern Sucre state on Saturday, another 21-year-old man in the Caracas slum of Petare on Thursday, and a 42-year-old woman in the western state of Tachira last Monday.

All three suffered gunshot wounds during chaotic scenes outside supermarkets, which have become a flashpoint for violence and looting amid scarcities of basics across the South American OPEC member country, according to local rights group Provea. A policeman has been arrested over the Tachira death, which as we reported was most likely the result of police gunshots.

With basics such as flour and rice running short, crowds chanting "We want food!" are thronging supermarkets daily, presenting a major problem for the struggling leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro.

More than 10 incidents of looting are occurring daily, according to the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, a local monitoring group.

Meanwhile, here is a video of just how deadly Venezuela has become: what started as a food protest in the Caracas parish of La Vega last Friday, quickly tuned into a gunfight with several wounded police officers and who knows how many shot protesters.