Problems in Venezuela
There is not enough food in Venezuela. People are hungry. They wait in long lines. When they get to the end, sometimes there is no food left. Some people riot and steal.
There is oil in Venezuela. People sell it and make money. They use this money to buy food.
However, oil is very cheap. There is no money for food. People must buy at the black market. Some things are 10 times more expensive there.
In May, there are 641 protests. 160 of them are about food. The protests are a problem for the government.
Difficult words: no food left (there is no food which people did not already take), steal (take things which are not yours), government (the leaders of a country).
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Across Venezuela, food riots and looting are a daily practice and a big problem for the government. Venezuelans stand in lines for food for hours, but when they get to the end, sometimes there is nothing left.
Oil markets finances the supermarkets, but the oil prices collapsed under the current president Maduro and there is no money for food. People must turn to the black market where products, like milk or sugar, are 10 times more expensive.
Last month, there were 641 protests and more than 160 of them were about food. Venezuela’s angry streets are a bigger problem for Maduro than his political opposition.
Difficult words: riot (a violent/angry/dangerous protest), looting (stealing things during a riot), collapse (fall down).
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Food riots and violent looting have become a daily occurrence across Venezuela and a major problem for the struggling leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro. Despite spending hours in queues, Venezuelans increasingly find that supplies of subsidised flour or rice run out before they can buy them.
This woman told the president that everyone, not just his opponents, is going hungry. Subsidised state-run supermarkets financed revenue were among the most appreciated programs of late President Hugo Chavez’s 14-year rule. But oil prices have collapsed under his successor Maduro, leaving the country with less money by oil to import food.
What’s more, local firms have little interest in producing because price controls often mean they have to sell their products below cost price. People are being forced to turn to the black market where products like milk or sugar often fetch 10 times regulated prices.
More than a quarter of 641 protests last month were for food, a figure that has risen every month this year and is up 3 times from May 2015. Venezuela’s angry streets are arguably a bigger threat for Maduro than the political opposition, with recent food protests coming within blocks of the Miraflores Presidential Palace.
Difficult words: riot (a violent protest), looting (stealing things during a riot), struggling (not doing well), – (financially supported), revenue (income), late (no longer alive).