EspañolIn Venezuela, it’s now common to see people rummaging through the garbage to look for food. However, a new video reveals just how extreme the crisis is, as low-ranking soldiers were also caught on camera looking through trash bags for food.
The video outraged thousands of Venezuelans, saying that those who watch over the country’s safety are supposed to be well fed in the barracks.
Lo que el RÉGIMEN niega a gritos!
hasta los militares buscando restos de comida en la BASURA.
Dejemos de quejarnos y salgamos a la calle! pic.twitter.com/wNVby6eSpv
— Thomas Dangel (@ThomasDangel) March 12, 2017
The country’s high inflation and he low wages has pushed hundreds of Venezuelans each day to look through the garbage put out on the street, even while employed.
Venezuelans that earn a minimum wage and own a home as well as the homeless, elderly and indigenous of the country still do not have enough income to cover basic needs. Now, some military rans can be added to that list.
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In May 2016, six Army officials were arrested for stealing goats, stating that they had nothing to eat.
The servicemen, when questioned, not only confessed to the crime, but also argued that they have no food in the dining room at Manaure Fort in the state of Lara.