Guyanese in Venezuela Stare at Empty Shelves – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Venezuela collapses as Guyanese Stare at Empty Shelves

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By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

In 1965 Harry met Mary in Essequibo, in Guyana. Their marriage was arranged and after their wedding Harry and Mary went to live in Venezuela. Harry looked vainly for his fellow Guyanese in Venezuela but could find no more than ten. The years passed and as political and economic problems worsened in Guyana the pull of Venezuela became strong. Harry’s mother visited Caracas in 1974 and returned with wonderful stories.

‘You can find everything in Venezuela. The shelves are stocked. The country is clean and the people are friendly,’ she said and she even spoke a few words of Spanish. This was enough to start a trickle of visitors from Essequibo into Venezuela. By 1978 Guyanese were to be found in their thousands in Caracas, El Tigre, and San Felix.

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  • Clyde Duncan  On August 2, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Venezuela: New Regime Effectively Amounts to Forced Labour
    by Erika Guevara Rosas – Americas Director Amnesty International

    A new decree establishing that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work in the country’s fields as a way to fight the current food crisis is unlawful and effectively amounts to forced labour, said Amnesty International.

    “Trying to tackle Venezuela’s severe food shortages by forcing people to work the fields is like trying to fix a broken leg with a band aid,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

    “The new decree completely misses the point when it comes to finding ways for Venezuela to crawl out of the deep crisis it has been submerged in for years.

    Authorities in Venezuela must focus on requesting and getting much needed humanitarian aid to the millions in need across the country and develop a workable long term plan to tackle the crisis.”

    The decree, officially published earlier this week, establishes that people working in public and private companies can be called upon to join state-sponsored organizations specialized in the production of food.

    They will be made to work in the new companies temporarily for a minimum of 60 days after which their “contracts” will be automatically renewed for an extra 60-day period or they will be allowed to go back to their original jobs.

    If you care to follow the food line up [this insanity] – Check out this link:

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/07/venezuela-new-regime-effectively-amounts-to-forced-labour/

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 23, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    FACT: Venezuela and Guyana have both acted like the frontier is as agreed in 1899, to this day.

    FACT: Venezuela has invaded Guyana and is still an occupying force in Ankoko Island, Essequibo, to this day.

    FACT: This alleged dispute is essentially a political tantrum that is used as a tool for distracting the people.

    FACT: Guyana and Venezuela have conducted their business as though they accepted the Settlement of 1899, to this day.

    FACT: The Venezuelan administration say they do NOT – now – accept the Full, Perfect and Final Settlement of 1899.

    FACT: Which begs the question: If Venezuela is not now accepting the Settlement of 1899; why should Guyana believe that Venezuela would accept any other agreement?

    FACT: The Venezuelan people want a change of government because the one they got has failed them. Venezuela has one of the largest oil reserves and has mismanaged what they got.

    FACT: The last tantrum of the government of Venezuela is intended to distract the people of Venezuela from their lack of rice; beer and jobs …. And convince everyone that this delusional border dispute with Guyana is the real source of the problem.

    FACT: One thinking Venezuelan said that if Donald Trump wins the election in the USA; they would never have to explain to anyone, ever again, how Chavez and Maduro happened.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37688906

  • Dhanpaul narine  On October 23, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Thanks Clyde. You are quite correct with these ‘facts.’ The Essequibo belongs to Guyana fair and square. The border becomes a distraction whenever things are bad in Venezuela. The over-reliance on a single commodity and mismanagement have plunged Venezuela into an economic abyss and the signs for a quick recovery are not forthcoming.

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 23, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    I had to go back to the Caracas Chronicles to confirm what they actually wrote back in March 2016 …

    Francisco Toro – The Caracas Chronicles:

    For much of the last 17 years, my life has been one long, belaboured, tortured explanation. An exegesis to people straining to understand how it could have happened. How we could have failed to see it coming.

    “How can millions of people vote for such an evident fraud again and again, willingly, for years?”

    I’ve done my level best to explain it, sure, and people tell me I’m pretty good at it. But it’s a losing game. The whole thing seemed so unlikely, a dark suspicion hung over my explanations:

    “he can’t really have been that bad…these opposition guys must be exaggerating, millions of people voted for this!”

    It was either that or a smug, subcutaneous, “of course that could never happen here” kind of feeling.

    Not from the Italians I talked to, granted. Or from the Russians or the Iranians I met abroad. Those guys seemed to get Chávez right away. You didn’t have to waste too much breath to explain it. They know, in their bones, the appeal of anti-politics, the way the siren-song of populist authoritarianism can ensnare the masses and hold them in thrall for years.

    But the gringos I met? The Brits and Germans and Canadians and Japanese and French?

    Once they grasped the full extent of chavismo’s lunacy, they were just baffled, and struggled to disguise a measure of contempt. Chavismo’s hold over Venezuela came to look like an indictment of the whole gentilicio [family].

    It was painful.

    So this, if nothing else, I take away from the Donald Trump episode. Whatever may happen between now [March 2016] and November – and dear God please let it not come to the worst – I know there is a whole family of questions about Venezuela I’ll never need to answer again.

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