Protests in Venezuela over pork shortage

Elias Hubbard
December 30, 2017

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused Portugal of sabotaging Christmas as a shorage of pork led to anti-government protests spilling onto the streets.

Posts by Twitter users captured hundreds of people standing on streets burning trash and protesting the missing pork delivery.

On Aug. 25, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing sanctions on Venezuela that issued by the government or Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the state-run oil company.

Maduro revealed plans to launch the cryptocurrency backed by the country's oil, gas, gold and diamond reserves earlier this month.

"What happened to the pork", Maduro asked during a televised address.

"We were sabotaged. I can name one country: Portugal".

During the Christmas holiday, Venezuelans eat pork legs as part of their traditional meal. But they went after the bank accounts, they went after the two giant ships that were coming.

The minister said he was looking into the situation and there did seem to have been "a commercial problem", but the information he had was that the meat had been exported to Venezuela, but perhaps there had been a distribution problem within the country. Venezuela cut off payments in August, Raporal said, and did not supply any more meat in 2017, according to CNN.

Maduro and the Venezuelan government have a long history of blaming other countries for their economic travesties but critics and a growing number of Venezuelans regard government corruption, inefficiency and mismanagement as the underlying causes of economic collapse.

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