Venezuela’s new decree: Forced farm work for citizens

Catastrophe Venezuela
July 2016 VENEZUELA A new decree by Venezuela’s government could make its citizens work on farms to tackle the country’s severe food shortages. That “effectively amounts to forced labor,” according to Amnesty International, which derided the decree as “unlawful.” In a vaguely-worded decree, Venezuelan officials indicated that public and private sector employees could be forced to work in the country’s fields for at least 60-day periods, which may be extended “if circumstances merit.”
“Trying to tackle Venezuela’s severe food shortages by forcing people to work the fields is like trying to fix a broken leg with a band aid,” Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas’ Director at Amnesty International, said in a statement. President Nicolas Maduro is using his executive powers to declare a state of economic emergency. By using a decree, he can legally circumvent Venezuela’s opposition-led National Assembly — the Congress — which is staunchly against all of Maduro’s actions.
According to the decree from July 22, workers would still be paid their normal salary by the government and they can’t be fired from their actual job. It is a potent sign of tough conditions in Venezuela, which is grappling with the lack of basic food items like milk, eggs and bread. People wait hours in lines outsides supermarkets to buy groceries and often only see empty shelves. Venezuela once had a robust agricultural sector. But under its socialist regime, which began with Hugo Chavez in 1999, the oil-rich country started importing more food and invested less in agriculture. Nearly all of Venezuela’s revenue from exports comes from oil.
With oil prices down to about $41 a barrel from over $100 about two years ago, Venezuela has quickly run out of cash and can’t pay for its imports of food, toilet paper and other necessities. Neglected farms are now being asked to pick up the slack. Maduro’s actions are very similar to a strategy the communist Cuban government used in the 1960s when it sought to recover sugar production after it declined sharply following the U.S. embargo on Cuban goods. It forced Cubans to work on sugar farms to cultivate the island’s key commodity.
It’s important to note that Maduro has issued decrees before and they often just languish. In January, his government published a decree that put in place mechanisms to restrict the access and movements to the money in the accounts. In other words, a kind of bank freeze. However, that hasn’t happened yet.  –CNN

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2 Responses to Venezuela’s new decree: Forced farm work for citizens

  1. niebo says:

    Meanwhile, Maduro is photographed celebrating the birthday of a dead guy (Hugo Chavez) . . . by eating a piece of cake from a four-foot-tall abomination that cost the equivalent of 100,000 US dollars:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-30/let-them-eat-cake-venezuela-celebrates-chavez%E2%80%99-birthday-100000-cake-while-citizens-s

    It was Hugo Chavez who, in effect, outlawed gun purchases by “civilians” in Venezuela in 2012:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-18288430

    Maduro took it one step further in 2014 and began actual “voluntary” disarmament:

    https://panampost.com/sendai-zea/2014/10/06/venezuela-initiates-citizen-disarmament-plan-to-fight-crime/

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/23/venezuelas-maduro-launches-47m-plan-disarm-civilia/

    Granted these laws are not “confiscation laws”, so private citizens, in theory, may still own firearms, even though they do not have a “legal” right to do so. According to the PanAmPost story (link above):

    “There are no official statistics on the total number of guns in Venezuela, but the most conservative estimates say at least 3 million — less than one-third of which are legal.”

    Wiki estimates ownership to be about the same, 1 gun per 10 people.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_of_guns_per_capita_by_country#cite_note-16

    But they * that number with the estimate that there may be as many as 15 million guns in Venezuela, and they support their * with a link to the Economist:

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/americasview/2014/07/crime-venezuela

    In a country of 31 million people . . .

    http://countrymeters.info/en/Venezuela

    . . . the numbers cited by the Economist suggest that there is a firearm for every 2 people in Venezuela. IF this guesstimation (and it is a guess, btw) is true, then Maduro’s days are numbered, because that many guns (given ammunition enough to load them) is sufficient to support an uprising of breath-taking proportions (if half of their population were adult men, which is NOT the case, that would mean EVERY MAN IN VENEZUELA could have a gun). But I doubt the number is that high. I lean towards the first two sources . . . one gun per ten people. That ratio supports vigorous criminal activity, such as has been seen in Venezuela for the last five years, but renders everyone else powerless to defend themselves against thieves AND tyrants. So you get what we have here, where citizens are enslaved to work the fields while the kings and queens eat cake.

    Point is: disarmament = slavery

  2. Dennis E. says:

    If more young people in America did farm work, there would be less deaths perhaps: too tired to commit crimes. Too much time on their hands.

    Reports from China regarding farmers moving in from the Rural areas and into the cities. Lokk at the usa, if I understand it now, foreign governments are purchasing farmland in this country as well as corporations. The possibility of what is occurring in Venezuela could happen here due to government inference.

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