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Source: @venezuela (کانال تلگرامی "دست‌ها از ونزوئلا کوتاه"), Date: 10 June 2016, Publisher: Telesur
Venezuela Sacred Heart Sisters Deny Govt to Blame for Shortages
Story Code: 2243
 
"Corn flour is allegedly lacking in the supermarkets, yet the sale of arepas and empanadas has never decreased in the streets," said the sisters in a published letter.

In a letter released Friday on Contexto y Accion, the Sisters of the Sacred Heart criticized the “economic war” in Venezuela, arguing that shortages in the country are “not produced by this government, nor by any previous or following governments.”

Shortages, they explained, are caused “by a capitalist, bourgeois industry that manipulates prices and margins, determined to take down this legitimately-elected government.”

“Corn flour is allegedly lacking in the supermarkets, yet the sale of arepas and empanadas has never decreased in the streets. Wheat flour is supposed to be lacking as well, and bread, but the bakeries in our neighborhoods have never shut down, have never stopped selling sweet bread, pies and cookies at very high prices," they added.

"The bread that we cannot find is the salty bread, whose price is state-controlled at about US$5, but when we find it, it costs two, three or four times more. And price control? It's because there is no wheat flour!” They exclaimed.

They added that they had access to a great variety of vegetables and proteins such as poultry, meat and fish, 10 times more expensive than one year earlier.

Cheese, ham and other things can be found easily, although at very high prices, according to the letter, because price controls are difficult to implement, they explained.

Venezuela's opposition has repeatedly claimed that the country was facing a humanitarian crisis due to lack of food. This view has been echoed in the international media, the picture painted is one of economic collapse, with shortages leading to widespread hunger and grave risks to the population's health.

Yet, evidence shows that these shortages appear to be part of a concerted action by the opposition to remove the democratically-elected government from power.
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