venezuela

so tumblr. can you please shut up about your US centric bullshit and listen to me here for a sec?

theres going to be a Massive protest in Caracas, Venezuela, against the current government, and people from all over the country have gone to caracas one way or another despite being forced to go back home by the military and the SEBIN.

People like a group of 1000 indigenous people, and a group of wheelchair bound students were forcefully stopped and were told to go back to their home at the other side of the country. The government also has shut down the Caracas Metro to prevent mobilization.

also millions of cars are lining up to enter Caracas, and they are prevented to enter by none other than the military.

this was taken about ten minutes ago. those are buses from different parts of the country wanting to go to Caracas to protest.

And more importantly, the government has sent the Military and a lot of paramilitary colectivos to take actions against the protest.

And knowing this, the government will not hesitate to take lethal actions against the people.

This is not an act of civil disobedience. This is a peaceful protest. We are hungry. The country we live in is not safe at all. Minimum wage is not enough and we cant afford to buy anything.

And the president and his clique are living like billionaires.

Please spread this.

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I did it, I finally mustered enough courage and took pictures of one of the many food lines I see everyday here in Venezuela.

I said earlier that it was illegal to do this, but digging up a bit I found it’s actually legal, BUT if a policeman/National Guard notices you’re doing it, he/she can take your phone/camera away and hold you for questioning, and considering the status of the justice system in this country, that’s not a nice prospect. 

So yeah, I’m gonna try and take more of the other lines, as all the routes I use to go to college have at least three lines in them; it’s kinda hard to do so while driving, but people have to know.

Also: Friendly reminder that communism is SHIT, and this is what it always does to the countries it’s forced upon. 

Communist Tumblr: I’m gonna ignore almost a century of communist atrocities, disregard real accounts from people who live/lived under said regimes, and tell you with vague, empty words filled with smugness and contempt why it’s the best damn system in the world when applied the right way, without saying how exactly it’s supposed to be done. 

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More food lines, two in fact, one located in a supermarket called Centro 99 , and the second in a mall called Mercasa, both on La Limpia avenue, Maracaibo.

Sorry for the quality, but I just can’t stop to take these for my own safety. 

Bonus, a couple of unlucky cars I saw behind a McDonalds:

Venezuela’s hyperinflation, a visual representation.

So, as I’ve talked in the past, the Venezuelan currency, the Bolivar Fuerte - BsF (strong Bolivar, in reference to the father of the country, Simon Bolivar) is effectively useless as cash these days, how useless you ask? Well, let’s see:

On top we have the lovely national currency, 50 100 BsF bills, for a total of 5.000 BsF, 100 50 BsF bills, for a total of another 5.000 BsF, and finally, 100 20 BsF bills for a total of 2.000 BsF, giving us a grand total of 250 bills and 12.000 BsF.

Keep in mind, currently those three bills are the highest valued available on the market these days, and it took me two hours to get them all from a bank.

Now, that’s quite the big number, both in bills and total value it seems, but now let me direct you to the three bills at the bottom: That’s colombian currency, the Peso

These three are also the highest valued ones in Colombia, 10.000, 20.000 and 50.000 pesos, for a grand total of 80.000 pesos (part of my “shit finally hit the fan” emergency fund), and yes, that’s a lot of 0′s, but don’t let that fool you, as that currency is one of the most stable ones in latin America.

Anyway, here’s the kicker: all those venezuelan bills from earlier, those 250 bills? They are effectively worth the same as the two smaller colombian ones, the bigger 50.000 Pesos bill being worth almost twice as all that venezuelan cash.

(fat lazy cat for reference)

“But Enrique”, you say, “this is all fine and dandy, but that does that mean in actual world-class currency?” Well my friend, all those venezuelan bills? the 12.000 BsF that took me two hours to take out of the bank? They’re worth

12 US Dollars 

or 

11 Euros

(rounded up)

And this, my friends, is why Venezuelan currency is worth less that the paper it’s printed on, but hey socialism/communism works, right?

PS: They internet states they’re actually worth more, but that’s because the internet uses the official government currency exchange, AKA the one no one but government officials can use these days.

PS2: Actually, there’s an even bigger colombian bill, the 100.000 pesos one, but I have yet to meet someone that has even seen it, as it was recently introduced and it’s used mostly for big bank transactions.