11 January 2006

Another glorious revolution

[source, source]

An attempt by Venezuela’s leftwing president, Hugo Chávez, to double the price that coffee producers pay farmers for a sack of beans has led to empty shelves in supermarkets throughout the country and fears of shortages of other basic foodstuffs.

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As coffee disappeared first from the supermarkets and then from the streets, the National Guard was sent out to confiscate coffee that had been stockpiled at private warehouses. [emphasis added]

Sending out the troops to round up supplies from “hoarders”. At least Chavez has read his history books.

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