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'This Country Has Gone To Hell': Mass Looting Plagues Venezuela Amid Power Crisis

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Mar 15, 2019 9:31 AM 1+ week ago

Looters have all but emptied stores and warehouses across western Venezuela as large parts of the country remain without power more than a week after a mass blackout.

Looters broke through the cinder-block walls of a Pepsi plant and took thousands of cases of beer and soda and 160 pallets of food. They destroyed or stole 22 trucks and five forklifts, Bloomberg reported Friday.

"If people made enough to make ends meet, we wouldn't be trying to get by like this," Enrique Gonzalez, an 18-year-old bus conductor, told Bloomberg. "This country has gone to hell."

Police and other emergency officials have stayed away from the carnage and refused to help businesses and property owners protect their property and assets.

"It's hard to swallow," Bernardo Morillo, a 60-year-old mall manager, told Bloomberg. "The national guard stood by as this vandalism happened and the firefighters didn't even show."

A mass blackout hit large swaths of the country on March 7. Experts blamed poor Venezuelan infrastructure. ...

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