Super-rich Socialists quaff champagne in Venezuela country club while middle class mothers scavenge for scraps
- Venezuela's economy was destroyed by 'Chavismo', a form of Socialism, plunging the country into extreme poverty
- Most people are starving, forced to scavenge for scraps of rotting food in the rubbish dumps of its capital Caracas
- But MailOnline found pockets of incredible wealth in the impoverished city where life is still luxurious for the elite
- Meanwhile a 12-year-old scavenges for food and a five-month-old baby with life-threatening asthma goes untreated
Deaths, arrests as looting erupts in Venezuela
June 17, 2016
Caracas (AFP) - Venezuelan police have arrested hundreds of people as the country's food crisis erupted into deadly looting this week, heightening hardship and political uncertainty in the impoverished oil-producing nation.
Dozens of bakeries, supermarkets and hardware shops were looted on Tuesday in the eastern city of Cumana, the latest flashpoint in a crisis that has killed at least four people so far.
"It ended in total ruin because the businesses had not only their stock pillaged but also their furniture. It was total destruction," said Ruben Saud, president of the Cumana Chamber of Commerce.
The chaos started when gangs of looters on motorcycles raided trucks transporting food, witnesses said.
The governor of Sucre state, where Cumana is located, told state television channel VTV that "more than 400 people" were arrested, including three suspected gang leaders involved in the looting.
Arrests have also been reported in other towns.