Shortage-plagued Venezuela nabs store managers hoarding food


CARACAS: Managers of a state-run supermarket chain in Venezuela are among 49 people arrested for hoarding and re-selling food at a time of acute shortages, the government said Monday. The arrests were made in regions of the country where a chain called Bicentenario operates. Its director was arrested last month, also on suspicion of diverting for scalping products that are heavily subsidized. Venezuela’s economy is a mess, with rampant inflation and shortages of goods as basic as toilet paper and soap. Some of those who arrests were announced Monday were taken away by police as employees looked on and cheered, according to a video shown by the government. Most of the detainees were supermarket managers, it said.



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