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Gloom and Desperation Loom over Venezuela

Desperate Venezuelans feeling the pinch of lean economic times have been looting chickens, flour and even pairs of underwear in the past week, as the oil-rich nation of President Nicolas Maduro, comes to grip with a deepening economic and political crisis.

While Maduro has blamed others, a drought and falling oil prices for the descent of the nation into tough economic times, some locals have resorted to breaking into supermarkets and stealing food as well as looting an underwear store in Merida state. Hooded motorcyclists also tried to steal 650 sacks of flour as they were being delivered to a depository, Reuters reported. 

Maduro's government has blamed the theft of food and looting on criminals and thugs, but according to Reuters, critics have countered that hunger and desperation are pushing people to steal and they warn the situation will only worsen barring urgent policy changes in Venezuela.

However, a recall petition against Maduro could be quelled by his heavy handedness of all opposition as el presidente attempts to stay in power until 2019. Yet, enough economic strain exacted upon members of his own party and upon the army could force the party to rid the oil-rich nation of Maduro and his failed economic policies.