11 January 2006

Another glorious revolution

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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.


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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