Owing to the current economic crisis of the country, the Venezuela food shortage is bringing out the worst in the citizens.
Desperately reacting to the deficit in food supplies, a crowd of hungry citizens broke into a government owned supermarket and made away with many consumer goods.
Shortages in food supplies has prompted riots in the country as well as hunger-induced robbery. The looting incident in the nation’s capital, Caracas, has seen the death of 4 persons in the past week.
Footage from the robbed store showed the desperation of starving Venezuelans as they grabbed all they could lay their hands on from the supermarket. They mainly went for staple foods and products.
The cashier reportedly escaped the crowd for fear of being hurt by the hungry and angry mass-robbers.
It appears this is not the only recorded business vandalism in the South American nation. In January, a delivery truck was robbed in Venezuela. Most recently in the coastal city of Cumana, as many as 20 businesses were robbed by hungry citizens.
The Venezuela food shortage has increased crime rates in the past few months.
In response to the seriously increasing menace, security agencies have beefed up their presence in the country. According to Luis Acuna, the socialist governor of Sucre state, over 400 people have been detained during last week’s protest.
Caracas Mayor has declared a 3-day suspension on the use of motorcycles in the city. Venezuelan Observatory of Violence says that there are at least 10 looting incidents per day in Venezuela. The desperate citizens are often dispersed by tear gas and riot batons.
There have been series of protests over the nation’s shortage in food supply.
In the bid to remedy the Venezuela food shortage, the government has re-opened its borders to Columbia to enable the people cross over and shop for things they need. Over the weekend, about 120,000 Venezuelans and counting crossed over to purchase food and medical items in Columbia.
The border which connects Tachira in Venezuela and Cucuta in Colombia was opened on Saturday.