Government officials announced that the seized goods will be distributed in government stores.
The Venezuelan government announced Wednesday that they discovered another massive stockpile of hoarded, essential goods in a warehouse owned by the Herrera company, the same company found hoarding goods earlier this week.
Detergent, diapers, razors, milk, rice and tuna
Among the items discovered in the Herrera operated warehouses included 135 tons of detergent, 5,000 packs of diapers, 94,000 razors, 50 tons of milk, 38 tons of rice, and 158,000 cans of tuna. Venezuelans have been faced with product shortages and line up at stores, in large part due to deliberate hoarding by companies such as Herrera.
The governor of the state of Zulia, Stella Lugo, stated that hoarded products were also discovered in 3 warehouses in her state.
Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Arreaza said that the recovered products will be handed over to the Commerce Ministry to be distributed and sold to Venezuelans at regulated prices via government stores.
Government officials also announced that 11 people will be charged in connection to their role in the hoarding of essential goods.
Links to opposition party
Arreaza expressed regret that companies such as Herrera, who has investors tied to the opposition Popular Will party, would join in right-wing efforts to destabilize the country by creating artificial shortages.
“The Venezuelan people can clearly identify who is denying them (essential goods), who is hiding it from them, who is hoarding products from them,” said Rosalio Torrealba, a member of the ruling government coalition.
The right-wing opposition is attempting to exploit the issue of shortages in order to oust the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
On Wednesday, opposition leader, Henrique Capriles called on his supporters to take to the streets and demand a change of government. This is the second time this week Capriles has called for people to protest and several incidents of violence have already been reported throughout the country.
Capriles was the opposition candidate in presidential elections in 2012 and 2013, losing both times.
Source: Venezuela Firm with Opposition-links Hoarding Millions in Goods TeleSUR