Yes, siree, in the midst of the chronic, acute food shortages, Venezuelans now have to deal with the CLAPs.
The unfortunately-named CLAP, Comité Local de Abastecimiento y Producción (Local Committee for Supply and Production) are the latest blight inflicted by the communist regime on the Venezuelan people. According to the official TV station, the CLAPs are
una “nueva forma de organización popular encargada, junto al Ministerio de Alimentación, de la distribución casa por casa de los prodcutos [sic] regulados de primera necesidad”
[My translation: A new form of popular organization in charge, along with the Ministry of Food, of distributing, house by house, the first-need restricted products.]
Which means the regime distributes to its supporters.
Three links on the rolling disaster,
In the last two weeks alone, more than 50 food riots, protests and mass looting have erupted around the country. Scores of businesses have been stripped bare or destroyed. At least five people have been killed.
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The consequence is that as the scarcity levels have increased, higher imports are simply not felt by the population. Meanwhile, the Government remains in control of what may be or not imported, while at the same time increasing its power over distribution channels. Its latest invention, ironically called the CLAPs, are committees to distribute food to only Government sympathizers, thus creating an apartheid in which if you don’t sympathize with the Maduro administration, there will be no food for you.
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