In televised interview yesterday the Vice-president of the National Assembly, Dario Vivas, explained how the long lines to buy basic goods are not caused by scarcity, but are really part of a plot by the opposition to “generate discontent” and “cause trouble” [meter cizaña].
The conspiracy includes the use of social media as a tool to call people to queue at supermarkets: “When products arrive [at supermarkets] they call people to generate lines, and there are people who just go there to make noise,” explained Vivas.
These supermarket flash mobs, according to Vivas, then turn into the perfect breeding ground for dissident talk: “I recently went to a supermarket and heard a women saying ‘I have a sister and Chávez gave her a pension and Maduro took it away’, that’s what they are saying now: that Chávez is good so they can then go and attack Nicolás [Maduro]. There are people that go to those lines to talk bad about the country or the National Government and thus to generate a sensation of nuisance during the time the citizen is waiting to buy the products.”
A second phase of the plot is the financing of the opposition with funds from smuggling: “When we see that they [the Right] oppose the measures taken by the government such as the implementation of the biometric system to avoid the bachaqueo [buying goods with the purpose of smuggling], this is no coincidence: the Right uses this strategy to generate convulsions or confrontations among the Venezuelan People.”
“Smuggling finances the Right, this is why they are against the fight against smuggling, and they will oppose any measure by the Nacional Government. They are now looking for a justification to restart street protests,” added Vivas.
(Dario Vivas. El Universal)