When he set off at sunset from the town of La Grita in western Venezuela on his 900-km (560-mile) journey, Aguilar knew he was taking his life in his hands.
With hunger widespread amid a fifth year of painful economic implosion under President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela has seen a frightening surge in attacks on increasingly lawless roads.
Just a few days earlier, Aguilar said he sat terrified when hundreds of looters swarmed a stationary convoy, overwhelming drivers by sheer numbers. They carted off milk, rice and sugar from other trucks but left his less-prized vegetables alone.
“Every time I say goodbye to my family, I entrust myself to God and the Virgin,” said the 36-year-old trucker.
While truck heists have long been common in Latin America’s major economies from Mexico to Brazil, looting of cargoes on roads has soared in Venezuela in recent times and appears to be not just a result of common crime but directly linked to growing hunger and desperation among the population of 30 million…
“The hunger and despair are far worse than people realize, what we are seeing on the roads is just another manifestation of that. We’ve also been seeing people stealing and butchering animals in fields, attacking shops and blocking roads to protest their lack of food. It’s become extremely serious,” said ORC director Oswaldo Ramirez.
Eight people have died in the lootings in January of this year, according to a Reuters tally.
The dystopian attacks in a country with one of the world’s highest murder rates are pushing up transport and food costs in an already hyperinflationary environment, as well as stifling movement of goods in the crisis-hit OPEC nation…
The looters use a variety of techniques, depending on the terrain and the target, according to truckers, inhabitants of towns on highways, and videos of incidents.
Sometimes gunmen on motorbikes surround a truck, slowing it down before pouncing like lions stalking prey. In other instances, attackers wait for a vehicle to slow down – at a pothole for example – before jumping on, cutting through the tarpaulin and hurling goods onto the ground for waiting companions…
The looters use tree trunks and rocks to stop vehicles, and are particularly fond of “miguelitos” – pieces of metal with long spikes – to burst tires and halt vehicles…
“The best protection is to be submissive, hand things over,” said Roberto Maldonado, who handles paperwork for truckers in La Grita. “When people are hungry, they are dangerous.”
I actually feel like I’m ready for this now.
Notice that the similar areas in America will be the cities. Disarmed, unable to grow their own food, dependent on supplies, and unable to foresee raiding as affecting distribution and supply, the cities are where you will see this. The country-folk will be fine. Country folk will hunt, and grow their own vegetables, and maybe not even notice the shortage. But in the ghettos inside the cities, it will be Mad Max, and when the cities become too dangerous to run trucks into and supply, desperation and necessity will drive those savages out into the suburbs, and then the suburbs will be Mad Max.
Thousands of desperate Venezuelans are trying to enter Colombia in a bid to escape the hunger and soaring crime rate caused by the spiralling economic crisis.
Incredible pictures show the mass exodus of refugees crossing the Simon Bolivar international bridge trying to flee the political crisis threatening to engulf Venezuela.
Colombia – along with its neighbour Brazil – has sent extra soldiers to patrol their porous border with the country after officially taking in more than half a million migrants over the last six months of 2017.
The country is also tightening its border controls in a bid to stem the flow.
These are the idiots who said, “Nobody should have to be poor. We will have the government outlaw it, and make everyone equal.” They said that because their brain could not tolerate the small amounts of negativity required in the world to stave off massive negativity later.
And now that their inability to tolerate any negativity has destroyed Venezuela, they are fleeing, and carrying their destructive r-selected psychology into neighboring countries.
People need to grasp that migrants are r-strategists. If you want a nation that is great, you need to purge your own r-strategists. If you want to destroy your nation, import the r-strategists from others. Otherwise, bar the door, and keep them out.