What do Venezuelans have? Everything is bad.
Friends, you follow what is happening inVenezuela? The media is now writing about her a little less, although in fact nothing has calmed down there. The crisis in Venezuela, which raged throughout 2017, did not end at all - apparently, everything is just beginning there. People are still poor, there is a total shortage of goods in stores, and the economy is stunned by galloping inflation and the depreciation of local money. At the same time, protests and confrontations with the police will not stop on the streets.
Here, in the comments, they often like to compare protest actions with Ukraine, saying "look what happened to Ukraine after Maidan, what a nightmare there is", etc. - so, the current Venezuela is an excellent example of what would happen with Ukraine if the Maidan had not won - there would still be a crisis, a lack of investment and a deficit, and so Ukraine has more or less leveled off, and I think in 10 years 15 it will be a fully developed state.
So, in today's post - the story of what is happening in Venezuela.
02Due to the protracted crisis and the literally depreciating Venezuelan money (Bolivar) every day, one of the communes in Caracas issued its own currency called “Panalle”. Here so packs of new money look:
03. Panels can be bought for dollars or for bolivars, but you can only spend them within the commune, now you can buy local goods for pannels, such as sugar, rice, bread and others. In the photo - people stand in line at the exchange office.
04. Due to the protracted crisis throughout the country and even in the capital Caracas, long-term power cuts have become frequent. The photo taken in December 2017 just shows one of these outages - employees of a food distribution company work in the light of mobile phones.
05. And this is how, during a power outage, one of the business centers in Caracas looks like - a person descends a completely dark staircase.
06. A small shop, also closed without electricity.
07. The lack of electricity triggered a traffic crisis - the metro station completely stopped in the city. Caracas is a fairly large city, more than two million people live in it, and because of the metro stop, public transport began to look something like this:
08. Crowded bus in Caracas:
09People at the bus stop waiting for public transport:
10. City bus:
11. Even because of the constant interruptions in electricity, food, and the generally unstable situation in the country, almost all construction has stopped. In Caracas and other cities, you can see such unfinished buildings, mothballed "until better times" (which will come when it’s not known when the end of the crisis cannot be seen).
12. Due to the total fall in the standard of living, wages and the rest, Venezuela has come to a serious crisis in medicine. There are no medicines and other medicines in the country - Venezuela itself does not produce anything, and for the purchase of medicines abroad we need currency - which Venezuela does not have either, because it exports almost nothing. The fall of medicine led to the fact that sick Venezuelans massively went to the sorcerers, psychics and "alternative healers."
13. As a rule, “alternative medical facilities” are located in the poorest areas. This is what the reception room of one of the famous healers in Favela Petar in Caracas looks like. Every month thousands of people come here.
14. Treatment methods - fumigation with smoke,
15. Stroking with brooms
sixteen.And there is still such a magic triangle drawn with chalk, on three sides of which there are candles, next to a plastic bottle with water, and inside it seems that there is an instruction for use. I guess what is written there approximately - "from ancient times the pyramid was a concentration of power, look at the pyramids of Egypt, you need to place the lower limbs in the center of the pyramid, and turn your palms upward for better circulation of solar energy, and all ailments will pass." Well, it is.
17. Another healing process, the main thing is to hold a candle correctly - otherwise it will not work. Just like the Strugatskys in "Monday begins on Saturday" - there the slightest mathematical deviation in witchcraft rites could lead to completely unpredictable consequences)
But in fact, this is not at all ridiculous - you can understand people who are desperate to get help from conventional medicine, which has no medicines and medicines left.
18. And it is noteworthy that on the wall of a healer there is a drawing with the image of either Maduro, or Chavez. Healer can also be understood, he needs the ruling regime like air - as long as there is a crisis in the country, he will always have clients.
nineteen.With food in the country, everything is just as bad as it is with medicine - this is what the Venezuelan food basket in the supermarket looks like. I see there are only some pasta, something like soup concentrate and a couple of packs of spices. And this is a good trip to the store.
20. And the windows of many stores look like this. For the sake of justice, in the photo a rather poor store - the richer institutions put on the shelves all the available shampoos, packages of salt, bath concentrates and packs of pasta - to create the appearance of abundance. In general, very often it looks the sameas in the USSR- the shelves seem to be crammed, but in fact there are only 5-7 types of similar goods on them.
21. And Venezuela is now massively flooded with Chinese fake hygiene products, look at the names of brands:
22. Do not starve to help private markets. In the market, for example, you can buy eggs. Pay attention to the device for receiving plastic cards - they have now appeared even from the most recent sellers in the markets. The explanation here is simple - there is practically no local currency, it is eaten every day by inflation, so all calculations are often tied to something more stable - for example, to the dollar.Virtually every Venezuelan family has someone working abroad who can throw money on a card (this is easier than sending by mail or bank transfer) —this is what the people have switched to cards.
23. Cards are accepted even by street food vendors:
24. And merchants of bananas. If you buy a few bananas, get flour and eggs - you can make good pancakes.
24. Such small private stalls help us not to die of hunger - however, only any low-value mura like candies and chocolate bars is sold here. And yes, they also accept cards here. And also pay attention to the fact that in the windows there are no price tags.
25. Despite all the tales of the “socialists” of Chavez and Maduro in Venezuela, there are still many poor slum-type neighborhoods - a large family often lives in one small room without windows, and the kitchen in such an apartment is an extension of 2 square meters, made of corrugated sheets. In the photo just such a kitchen - lunch is prepared from what is necessary. The girl on the right uses disposable packaging from under the products instead of dinnerware ... For me, this photo is much worse than burning armored cars on the streets of Caracas.
26The poor people are digging in the garbage - they are not looking for empty bottles or tsvetmet, but just something edible.
27. Recently, new ways to make money appeared in Venezuela - young people go to computer clubs, where they try to “mine” a little bit of cryptocurrency, or create and pump a game character in online games - then you can sell it for good money. Pay attention to how the computer club looks like - there are still old CRT monitors in use, this was seen in Belarus last time about 10 years ago.
28. Active protests in Venezuela also continue - the media writes about them less, but the protests are going. In early December, barricades again burned in Caracas
29. Police are preparing to storm the positions of the protesters:
30. The streets of Caracas in smoke:
So it goes. Write in the comments what you think about all this.