Venezuela's Government Plays Hardball To Block Opposition's Recall Effort


This is an oil rich nation. I remember reading that the late Hugo Chavez sought help from Cuba on it’s electricity shortages. Things have gotten even worse since then. There is free medical care, free education, but no one to provide the services.


Were there any “swiss bank accounts” among the government officials.


Maria Gabriela Chavez, 35, the late president’s second-oldest daughter, holds assets in American and Andorran banks totaling almost $4.2billion, Diario las Americas reports.
The figure would make Gabriela Chavez wealthier than media mogul Gustavo Cisneros, whom Forbes named the wealthiest Venezuelan earlier this year with $3.6billion in assets.

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From what I have read, the situation in Venezuela is truly dire. Not only do they not have enough electricity but there are severe shortages of medications and basic medical supplies so while they do have free medical care, the care you receive is worse than you would receive in a battlefield medical hospital. In fact, it’s common for patients in hospitals to not even get a bed but to have to lay on the floors in the hallways. Incubators and ventilators for newborn and premature infants are broken and babies in need of respirator care have to be ventilated by hand at times and that’s not to mention the looting that goes on in the streets quite frequently. Many people have to resort to the black market just to get medicine. Food shortages are also very common.

Here is a link about the dire situation of their hospitals. Please be aware that there are some graphic images in the article:

Here are a few other links describing the dire situation there:


So, the previous dictator, Chavez, stole $3.5 BILLION and gave it to his daughter.


OK for him to steal, but not ok for everyone else to merely buy toilet paper.


I read an article about how a certain company was required, per union contract, to provide toilet paper for its employees. He faced government take-over if he failed to honor the contract. He couldn’t find any toilet paper in the stores, but he found cases on the black market and then was accused of hoarding. He finally figured out that all the police wanted was payoff.


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