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Maduro takes over brewers complex as Venezuela runs out of beer because of lack of barley

Friday, July 31st 2015 - 06:41 UTC
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Venezuela's largest food distributor on Thursday denounced the government occupation of a Caracas warehouse amid accusations that the company is hoarding goods. Soldiers took over the warehouse complex used by Empresas Polar late Wednesday just as Venezuela's federation of brewers announced that Polar's beer manufacturing subsidiary is shutting two of its six plants because of a lack of imported barley. Read full article


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  • Skip

    Maduro will be awfully confused......

    when all the dissidents are locked up and all the private businesses have closed......

    and the economy STILL sucks!

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 08:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • zathras

    Seriously !

    Running out of beer.

    Just how screwed up are the economic policies ?

    Crazy country, are they trying to outdo Argentina for the maddest leader?

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 08:09 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    I wonder if these SA socialist, commies ever ask themselves why, only in SA they always “run out” of products? Bre, tomatos, toilet paper, tampons, etc. etc...and now beer? Maduro will have to stop exporting drugs for the masses now that there beer shortages.

    Why do these depots always blame so and so for“hoarding”? I can't seem to remember what people were accused of hoarding in Argentina, I think the farmers were hoarding their own crops.

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 09:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jmackiej

    Okay banana republics competition time:
    Who would you prefer to be in charge of your economy?

    1. Maduro
    2. Silva
    3. Kirchener
    4. A mad Dog

    Vote now!

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 09:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    The only 'economic war' is inside Maduro's befuddled, paranoid mind.

    Oh, I so wish this madness would end!

    There will be a famine soon. Utter insanity.

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 09:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steve R

    NO BEER :-O thats a good way to ferment a revolution :-)

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 10:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Devonian

    What is it about the electorate in so many S. American countries? They've got millions of people to choose from to be their head of state and represent them in parliament and they end up choosing idiots (and dangerous, destructive ones) like Maduro. Where and when did it all go wrong?

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 11:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    So what's MADuro going to do when he wants a beer?

    I bet he's HOARDED a few thousand for his 'government'.

    I bet they are all Chavez now and will be joining him soon when they all die of starvation.

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 11:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    Too easy!

    Maduro couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery!

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 12:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    Taxi for LEPRecon. :)

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 02:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Evil Colonialist Pirate

    What a pity Argentina can't run out of beer. Then its government would realise the Falklands don't belong to them and start improving their own country rather than trying to take over someone else's.

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 02:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Isn't it time for the people of Venezuela to understand that Maduro is a deranged incompetent? How many “plots” have there been so far? Here's a bit of advice for the people of Venezuela. Check out where he is. Have a popular demonstration in support just outside. 50,000 people? Wait until he appears to acknowledge your admiration. Lift him to your shoulders to show him how popular he is. Get him to the desired place of acclamation. Let him down. Saw his head off. Let him see your wood saw before you start. And then get someone who knows what they're doing and doesn't demand to be a dictator.

    Oh, and just leave Maduro's remains for the animals and birds.

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 03:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Everything in life has its time and date. The Venezuela is just beginning.And be careful with what they say and think. Venezuela is stronger, democratic and proud as any Saxon can conceive.

    You who are already RICH forgotten the poverty that your grandparents lived. And run the risk of seeing your grandchildren share the same fate as your grandparents.

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 04:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    The government is pancaking,
    starting to take over food warehouses . next the water companies ,
    they will need all this stuff when the country collapses.

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 04:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Devonian

    @ 13. I don't doubt that the Venezuelan people would like to live in a more democratic country - it's just that their recent track record (and longer term track record) don't give much evidence that they are getting closer to their goal. Like many S. Americans countries they appear to lurch from R. wing military dictatorships to left wing populist governments. Venezuela is the birthplace of the great liberator of S. America - Simon Bolivar. I wonder what he would make of the current political set up there if he could rise out of his grave.

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 05:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Stupid Socialists.
    Always the same outcome
    Mass poverty, food shortages. violence.
    They deserve all that's coming to them
    and this isn't near over yet.

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 06:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 15 Devonian

    No need for him to be resurrected:

    ”Bolivar’s most famous quote is from 1830, regarding ‘Latin’ America, as he surveyed the wreckage of his dream. As self-assessments go, it is not very positive:

    ‘I have ruled for 20 years and from these I have gained only a few certainties:
    [Latin] America is ungovernable, for us;
    Those who serve a revolution plough the sea;
    The only thing one can do in [Latin] America is emigrate;
    This country will fall inevitably into the hands of the unbridled masses and then pass almost imperceptibly into the hands of petty tyrants, of all colours and races;
    Once we have been devoured by every crime and extinguished by utter ferocity, the Europeans will not even regard us as worth conquering;
    If it were possible for any part of the world to revert to primitive chaos, it would be [Latin] America in its final hour.’

    For The Brainless One aka Terry Hillock
    Look it up yourself, you might learn something for a change.

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 06:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    You know. Even during the worst times of the UP Allende government (when we lacked toilet paper, cooking oil, shampoo and butter), we always had beer, wine and Pisco available here in Chile. I just can't imagine the outrage of the masses when there's no Cerveza Polar on a hot day... Revolution!

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 06:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • HansNiesund

    Everybody knows Maduro couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery, but does he have to take it so literally?

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 07:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Funny Stevie never posts on these V threads: We are all Chavez indeed.

    No Soap in Hospitals. Buying Meds on the black Market.

    Mising Beer is just a headline. People are dying from Socialism. Just like they always do.

    I did not write this:

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 07:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @13 brASSHOLE
    What philosophical bs ! the Venezuelans can't even drink now in order to forget their misery .....serves them bloody right. Brazzo, go to VZ and tell them that it's OK as long as they are proud.....a big help it will be !

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 08:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    This beer story has legs...

    Real World consequences even the Paid Socialists and Trolls can relate to.

    Who'da thunk it?!

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 08:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @10 ElaineB

    I'll get my coat! ;)

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 09:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Jesus Christ is it still going on in the continent of LaLa land?

    Then the Argentines wonder why thre FI want SFA to do with them?

    You don't need to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out!

    Now be fair, do you????

    Jul 31st, 2015 - 10:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Well, good beer in SA is far and few in between, but......the fact that they are taking it is the problem. Just when one thinks they hot the breaking point of the Venezuelan people, they continue to a new new lower rung. maybe they will cross the Rubicon with Guyana

    Aug 01st, 2015 - 03:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @13. Oh I do agree. Venezuela is just beginnng its dive into more poverty, starvation and death. Note the response from Maduro. Kill the people.

    Aug 01st, 2015 - 03:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Trunce

    If such a thing were to happen in Oz : )

    Aug 01st, 2015 - 04:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext

    Well...this is the inevitable result of what happens when ideology is given more importance than reality. Mass denial=no beer.

    @27 Trunce

    Lol, I never expected Slim Dusty to make an appearance in the hallowed pages of MercoPress. Very clever of you:).

    Aug 02nd, 2015 - 05:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    Bravo Trunce: Slim Dusty! I love it! The lyrics should be slightly changed to “A Country With No Beer”

    Aug 02nd, 2015 - 03:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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