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Venezuelan President Maduro’s New Decree: Forced Farm Labor

Venezuelan President Maduro’s New Decree: Forced Farm Labor

“Like putting a band aid on a broken leg”

Here at Li, we’ve been covering the failure of socialism unfolding in Venezuela.  Toilet paper, sugar, and food shortages have resulted in violence and thus far unsuccessful attempts to oust President Nicolas Maduro.  With the country’s citizens tired, hungry, and angry, Maduro has landed on a “solution” that would make Pol Pot proud:  forced labor.

CNN reports:

In a vaguely-worded decree, Venezuelan officials indicated that public and private sector employees could be forced to work in the country’s fields for at least 60-day periods, which may be extended “if circumstances merit.”

. . . .  President Nicolas Maduro is using his executive powers to declare a state of economic emergency. By using a decree, he can legally circumvent Venezuela’s opposition-led National Assembly — the Congress — which is staunchly against all of Maduro’s actions.

According to the decree from July 22, workers would still be paid their normal salary by the government and they can’t be fired from their actual job.

It is a potent sign of tough conditions in Venezuela, which is grappling with the lack of basic food items like milk, eggs and bread. People wait hours in lines outsides supermarkets to buy groceries and often only see empty shelves.

As a means of fixing Venezuela’s many and diverse problems that have resulted in the current shortages, this move is, according to Amnesty International,  “like putting a band aid on a broken leg.”

Amnesty International reports:

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 findings 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.

Watch the report:

Given the Maduro government’s focus on both keeping its citizens “quiet” and on “criminalizing those who dare to speak up against government policies,” it’s possible that Maduro will focus on political detractors and dissidents for removal from urban areas to forced farm labor.


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legacyrepublican | July 30, 2016 at 6:05 pm

Forced labor = slavery</b. Which is the end result of running out of other people's money and resources.

Maduro and his henchmen will not be working on the farms any time soon. They will sitting in their silk shorts eating like pigs while the population starves even further.

Do the people there realize that they voted for this inevitable outcome of socialism? The only question is the arrival date.

    rabidfox in reply to TX-rifraph. | July 30, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    No they didn’t realize this anymore than do our latte liberals who think that socialism is the best thing to come down pike. After all, we have smarter people than everyone else, right?

Eastwood Ravine | July 30, 2016 at 7:21 pm

Socialism uses the stick, whereas capitalism uses the carrot. One is coercion, the other is an earned reward. It doesn’t get any more simpler than that.

    rabidfox in reply to Eastwood Ravine. | July 30, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    One works and one doesn’t. Guess which is which.

      Eastwood Ravine in reply to rabidfox. | July 30, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Under capitalism, if you don’t work, you don’t get paid. I assume that’s what your getting at. Now a Leftist would read that and say that’s coercion, not a reward, because a Leftist would want the collective to provide for people rather than individuals to provide for themselves.

      Ragspierre in reply to rabidfox. | July 31, 2016 at 8:15 am

      Even under the most ideological Communist regimes, if you didn’t work you didn’t get “paid”. And you most certainly were compelled to work.

      It’s a law of life. Living requires work, unless you are the beneficiary of pure charity from someone who works and provides for you. Even being a parasite requires some work. That’s true literally in biology and figuratively in society.

      Of all economic systems, market capitalism provides the MOST rewards for the work done by any individual. That’s the way in which it “works”.

      But it is also the MOST moral of all economic systems, in that it allows the individual to enjoy the greatest choice (or liberty).

Obama must be so jealous.

There are no good socialists, but dead ones do measurably less direct harm.

Socialism’s inevitable shortages can be a problem in correcting the situation. PRO TIP: nylon rope can be used over and over.

Holl. Lee. Crap.

Wouldn’t you just love to see a bunch of the young special snowflakes in this country forced to enjoy such beautiful benefits of socialism!

“You’ll need to spend your next semester on the farm, doing your part, working toward our bright, shining future utopia!”

Trigger Warning! Trigger Warning!

stevewhitemd | July 30, 2016 at 10:36 pm

The next step is to go after all the kulaks.

The next step after that is to force a lot of people to kneel in front of a ditch with their hands tied behind their backs…

Where are all the Hollywood progs who sang the praises of Chavez and his Bolivarian Revolucion?

The Russians (and others) have already been down this road. They want to give (lease) 1/3 of an acre to everyone who wants to plant a garden. That is what worked the best (It is nothing like a free market) for the Russians.