Venezuela’s upper-classes aren’t suffering

Augustin Otxotorena kept getting calls from worried relatives in Spain. They asked him where he kept getting his food and informing him of the food shortages in the country. Otxoterena responded by sending his relatives pictures of a fully stocked super market in Caracas. He wants his relatives to know that members of the upper class continue to do well in the country. According to, people from the lower classes must contend with the blackouts, the shortages, and other hardships brought on by the country’s economic woes.
The country continues to face economic hardship caused by falling international oil prices. Decreased demand for oil coupled with triple-digit inflation is causing an increasing number of Venezuelan citizens to call for current President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

Although upper class neighborhoods continue to do well, shortages of food and other necessities contributes to the growing unrest in the country. People like Manuel Gonzalez have said that Venezuela is really two countries right now. People in the upper-class areas barely notice the disruptions. People in the lower-class neighborhoods must live with the effects of the shortages.

If more companies follow the path of Lufthansa, which recently suspended service to the country, the rich may start to suffer as well.



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