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Rich Venezuelans eat sushi, guzzle cocktails amid chaos
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jat
2017-06-19 15:31:20 UTC
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WHILE most Venezuelans struggle to buy food and make ends meet, a small
group still manages to eat sushi and sip cocktails in exclusive discos
and country clubs.

The country may be stricken by poverty and political violence, but a
rich minority acts like they are untouched by the crisis.

Case in point: Caracas, one of the world's most violent cities, is the
first in South America to open a branch of the trendy Buddha Bar
international nightclub chain.

In a country where basics such as flour and sugar are in short supply,
Buddha Bar guests can order tuna steak, pork ribs or fish tacos – as
long as they have dollars to pay.

"You can have as good a time here in Caracas as in New York, Dubai or
Saint Petersburg," says one of its owners, Cristhian Estephan.

Eight pieces of salmon and shrimp sushi here cost 55,700 bolivars
(RM23,851), or the equivalent of more than a quarter of the country's
official monthly minimum wage.

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/jat
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PL
2017-06-19 19:58:34 UTC
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On 6/19/2017 5:31 PM, jat wrote:
part of the story.
Gloating about how good your "comrades" live, JAT?

Rich Venezuelans eat sushi, guzzle cocktails amid chaos
Posted on 19 June 2017 - 05:26pm
Last updated on 20 June 2017 - 12:31am

WHILE most Venezuelans struggle to buy food and make ends meet, a small
group still manages to eat sushi and sip cocktails in exclusive discos
and country clubs.

The country may be stricken by poverty and political violence, but a
rich minority acts like they are untouched by the crisis.

Case in point: Caracas, one of the world's most violent cities, is the
first in South America to open a branch of the trendy Buddha Bar
international nightclub chain.

In a country where basics such as flour and sugar are in short supply,
Buddha Bar guests can order tuna steak, pork ribs or fish tacos – as
long as they have dollars to pay.

"You can have as good a time here in Caracas as in New York, Dubai or
Saint Petersburg," says one of its owners, Cristhian Estephan.

Eight pieces of salmon and shrimp sushi here cost 55,700 bolivars
(RM23.85), or the equivalent of more than a quarter of the country's
official monthly minimum wage.

Stone-throwing, bar-hopping

Scenes of flames, tear gas and water cannons in the streets have
dominated foreign coverage of Venezuela during the recent months.

While the mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro show that
Venezuelans' anger at their hardship is boiling over, the well-off are
still managing to have fun.

Behind tightly guarded and fortified walls, posh bars and eateries are
full. The Buddha Bar opened in 2015, when the economic crisis was
already well underway.

One customer, Ahisquel, says she joins in the protests herself but still
comes to the bar once a week with her husband, an oil executive. Like
most customers interviewed, she declined to give her full name.

"By day we throw stones and by night we come here," she says.

"After the protests, it is good to have a moment to relax – though we'll
never relax until this government is gone."

Even rich Venezuelans are affected by the country's soaring inflation
rate. But protected by their US dollars, they are better off than most.

For ordinary Venezuelans, "it's very difficult," says Ahisquel's husband.

"In this country, if you are not paid in foreign currency, it is
impossible to live."

Socialist millionaires

Many rich Venezuelans have left the country for Miami, Los Angeles or
Madrid since Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez launched his socialist
"revolution."

But some of them like Lorenzo Mendoza – Venezuela's richest man and the
owner of Polar, the country's largest food company – are content to stay.

Some are known as "boli-bourgeois," champagne socialists who grew rich
from Chavez's "Bolivarian revolution."

"We run when we see the boli-bourgeois. We can spot them a mile off,"
says Carlos, a 49-year-old lawyer, sitting beside the tree-lined
swimming pool near the golf course of the Caracas Country Club in the
north of the capital.

The rise of the Chavistas changed life for traditional rich families
like his.

"Everything is really expensive and only they can afford to live around
here."

Distribution of wealth

New money talks in a country where Maduro is striving to continue
Chavez's "revolution".

Venezuela's economy logged strong growth before prices for its crucial
oil exports started a downward spiral in mid-2014.

"Wealth in Venezuela is generated by state revenues that depend on the
oil sector," says Colette Capriles, a sociologist at Simon Bolivar
University.

"The state redistributes that revenue. The Chavez government used it
with preference for those who needed it most," with social welfare
spending, she says.

But it also offered an opportunity for those close to power to line
their pockets.

"This form of socialism has produced some very powerful millionaires,"
says Capriles.

"Most of them are government officials or people close to them – and
currently they are one of the main things holding up the government."

Show must go on

The streets of Caracas are empty after nightfall. Locals are too scared
to go out for fear of being robbed or killed.

Venezuela has one of the highest annual murder rates in the world: 70
for every 100,000 people last year, according to UN data.

But out of sight in the bars and restaurants, some are still having a
good time.

"The upper classes have not stopped going out," says Estephan.

"Even in the worst of times, people meet, get married, eat. The show
must go on." — AFP

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/06/19/rich-venezuelans-eat-sushi-guzzle-cocktails-amid-chaos
jat
2017-06-19 22:47:43 UTC
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They are not my comrades. Probably yours. I don't support politicians.
Bu, you do...

/jat
Knowledge will set you free
El conocimiento te hará libre
Post by PL
part of the story.
Gloating about how good your "comrades" live, JAT?
Rich Venezuelans eat sushi, guzzle cocktails amid chaos
Posted on 19 June 2017 - 05:26pm
Last updated on 20 June 2017 - 12:31am
WHILE most Venezuelans struggle to buy food and make ends meet, a small
group still manages to eat sushi and sip cocktails in exclusive discos
and country clubs.
The country may be stricken by poverty and political violence, but a
rich minority acts like they are untouched by the crisis.
Case in point: Caracas, one of the world's most violent cities, is the
first in South America to open a branch of the trendy Buddha Bar
international nightclub chain.
In a country where basics such as flour and sugar are in short supply,
Buddha Bar guests can order tuna steak, pork ribs or fish tacos – as
long as they have dollars to pay.
"You can have as good a time here in Caracas as in New York, Dubai or
Saint Petersburg," says one of its owners, Cristhian Estephan.
Eight pieces of salmon and shrimp sushi here cost 55,700 bolivars
(RM23.85), or the equivalent of more than a quarter of the country's
official monthly minimum wage.
Stone-throwing, bar-hopping
Scenes of flames, tear gas and water cannons in the streets have
dominated foreign coverage of Venezuela during the recent months.
While the mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro show that
Venezuelans' anger at their hardship is boiling over, the well-off are
still managing to have fun.
Behind tightly guarded and fortified walls, posh bars and eateries are
full. The Buddha Bar opened in 2015, when the economic crisis was
already well underway.
One customer, Ahisquel, says she joins in the protests herself but still
comes to the bar once a week with her husband, an oil executive. Like
most customers interviewed, she declined to give her full name.
"By day we throw stones and by night we come here," she says.
"After the protests, it is good to have a moment to relax – though we'll
never relax until this government is gone."
Even rich Venezuelans are affected by the country's soaring inflation
rate. But protected by their US dollars, they are better off than most.
For ordinary Venezuelans, "it's very difficult," says Ahisquel's husband.
"In this country, if you are not paid in foreign currency, it is
impossible to live."
Socialist millionaires
Many rich Venezuelans have left the country for Miami, Los Angeles or
Madrid since Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez launched his socialist
"revolution."
But some of them like Lorenzo Mendoza – Venezuela's richest man and the
owner of Polar, the country's largest food company – are content to stay.
Some are known as "boli-bourgeois," champagne socialists who grew rich
from Chavez's "Bolivarian revolution."
"We run when we see the boli-bourgeois. We can spot them a mile off,"
says Carlos, a 49-year-old lawyer, sitting beside the tree-lined
swimming pool near the golf course of the Caracas Country Club in the
north of the capital.
The rise of the Chavistas changed life for traditional rich families
like his.
"Everything is really expensive and only they can afford to live around
here."
Distribution of wealth
New money talks in a country where Maduro is striving to continue
Chavez's "revolution".
Venezuela's economy logged strong growth before prices for its crucial
oil exports started a downward spiral in mid-2014.
"Wealth in Venezuela is generated by state revenues that depend on the
oil sector," says Colette Capriles, a sociologist at Simon Bolivar
University.
"The state redistributes that revenue. The Chavez government used it
with preference for those who needed it most," with social welfare
spending, she says.
But it also offered an opportunity for those close to power to line
their pockets.
"This form of socialism has produced some very powerful millionaires,"
says Capriles.
"Most of them are government officials or people close to them – and
currently they are one of the main things holding up the government."
Show must go on
The streets of Caracas are empty after nightfall. Locals are too scared
to go out for fear of being robbed or killed.
Venezuela has one of the highest annual murder rates in the world: 70
for every 100,000 people last year, according to UN data.
But out of sight in the bars and restaurants, some are still having a
good time.
"The upper classes have not stopped going out," says Estephan.
"Even in the worst of times, people meet, get married, eat. The show
must go on." — AFP
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/06/19/rich-venezuelans-eat-sushi-guzzle-cocktails-amid-chaos
PL
2017-06-20 13:00:56 UTC
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Post by jat
They are not my comrades.
Your previous posts show support for Castro and Chevez.
You can lie all you want but you can't escape the truth: it is online
Post by jat
Post by PL
part of the story.
Gloating about how good your "comrades" live, JAT?
Rich Venezuelans eat sushi, guzzle cocktails amid chaos
Posted on 19 June 2017 - 05:26pm
Last updated on 20 June 2017 - 12:31am
WHILE most Venezuelans struggle to buy food and make ends meet, a small
group still manages to eat sushi and sip cocktails in exclusive discos
and country clubs.
The country may be stricken by poverty and political violence, but a
rich minority acts like they are untouched by the crisis.
Case in point: Caracas, one of the world's most violent cities, is the
first in South America to open a branch of the trendy Buddha Bar
international nightclub chain.
In a country where basics such as flour and sugar are in short supply,
Buddha Bar guests can order tuna steak, pork ribs or fish tacos – as
long as they have dollars to pay.
"You can have as good a time here in Caracas as in New York, Dubai or
Saint Petersburg," says one of its owners, Cristhian Estephan.
Eight pieces of salmon and shrimp sushi here cost 55,700 bolivars
(RM23.85), or the equivalent of more than a quarter of the country's
official monthly minimum wage.
Stone-throwing, bar-hopping
Scenes of flames, tear gas and water cannons in the streets have
dominated foreign coverage of Venezuela during the recent months.
While the mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro show that
Venezuelans' anger at their hardship is boiling over, the well-off are
still managing to have fun.
Behind tightly guarded and fortified walls, posh bars and eateries are
full. The Buddha Bar opened in 2015, when the economic crisis was
already well underway.
One customer, Ahisquel, says she joins in the protests herself but still
comes to the bar once a week with her husband, an oil executive. Like
most customers interviewed, she declined to give her full name.
"By day we throw stones and by night we come here," she says.
"After the protests, it is good to have a moment to relax – though we'll
never relax until this government is gone."
Even rich Venezuelans are affected by the country's soaring inflation
rate. But protected by their US dollars, they are better off than most.
For ordinary Venezuelans, "it's very difficult," says Ahisquel's husband.
"In this country, if you are not paid in foreign currency, it is
impossible to live."
Socialist millionaires
Many rich Venezuelans have left the country for Miami, Los Angeles or
Madrid since Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez launched his socialist
"revolution."
But some of them like Lorenzo Mendoza – Venezuela's richest man and the
owner of Polar, the country's largest food company – are content to stay.
Some are known as "boli-bourgeois," champagne socialists who grew rich
from Chavez's "Bolivarian revolution."
"We run when we see the boli-bourgeois. We can spot them a mile off,"
says Carlos, a 49-year-old lawyer, sitting beside the tree-lined
swimming pool near the golf course of the Caracas Country Club in the
north of the capital.
The rise of the Chavistas changed life for traditional rich families
like his.
"Everything is really expensive and only they can afford to live around
here."
Distribution of wealth
New money talks in a country where Maduro is striving to continue
Chavez's "revolution".
Venezuela's economy logged strong growth before prices for its crucial
oil exports started a downward spiral in mid-2014.
"Wealth in Venezuela is generated by state revenues that depend on the
oil sector," says Colette Capriles, a sociologist at Simon Bolivar
University.
"The state redistributes that revenue. The Chavez government used it
with preference for those who needed it most," with social welfare
spending, she says.
But it also offered an opportunity for those close to power to line
their pockets.
"This form of socialism has produced some very powerful millionaires,"
says Capriles.
"Most of them are government officials or people close to them – and
currently they are one of the main things holding up the government."
Show must go on
The streets of Caracas are empty after nightfall. Locals are too scared
to go out for fear of being robbed or killed.
Venezuela has one of the highest annual murder rates in the world: 70
for every 100,000 people last year, according to UN data.
But out of sight in the bars and restaurants, some are still having a
good time.
"The upper classes have not stopped going out," says Estephan.
"Even in the worst of times, people meet, get married, eat. The show
must go on." — AFP
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/06/19/rich-venezuelans-eat-sushi-guzzle-cocktails-amid-chaos
jat
2017-06-20 14:45:43 UTC
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You're so ridiculous. Let me tell you! The most ridiculous person has
ever passed by this newsgroup. That's why TS destroyed you as much as he
wanted. He kicked your ass so many time. Remember that, YMF? - Don't you
say that Internet has a long memory?

/jat
Knowledge will set you free
El conocimiento te hará libre
Post by PL
Post by jat
They are not my comrades.
Your previous posts show support for Castro and Chevez.
You can lie all you want but you can't escape the truth: it is online
Post by jat
Post by PL
part of the story.
Gloating about how good your "comrades" live, JAT?
Rich Venezuelans eat sushi, guzzle cocktails amid chaos
Posted on 19 June 2017 - 05:26pm
Last updated on 20 June 2017 - 12:31am
WHILE most Venezuelans struggle to buy food and make ends meet, a small
group still manages to eat sushi and sip cocktails in exclusive discos
and country clubs.
The country may be stricken by poverty and political violence, but a
rich minority acts like they are untouched by the crisis.
Case in point: Caracas, one of the world's most violent cities, is the
first in South America to open a branch of the trendy Buddha Bar
international nightclub chain.
In a country where basics such as flour and sugar are in short supply,
Buddha Bar guests can order tuna steak, pork ribs or fish tacos – as
long as they have dollars to pay.
"You can have as good a time here in Caracas as in New York, Dubai or
Saint Petersburg," says one of its owners, Cristhian Estephan.
Eight pieces of salmon and shrimp sushi here cost 55,700 bolivars
(RM23.85), or the equivalent of more than a quarter of the country's
official monthly minimum wage.
Stone-throwing, bar-hopping
Scenes of flames, tear gas and water cannons in the streets have
dominated foreign coverage of Venezuela during the recent months.
While the mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro show that
Venezuelans' anger at their hardship is boiling over, the well-off are
still managing to have fun.
Behind tightly guarded and fortified walls, posh bars and eateries are
full. The Buddha Bar opened in 2015, when the economic crisis was
already well underway.
One customer, Ahisquel, says she joins in the protests herself but still
comes to the bar once a week with her husband, an oil executive. Like
most customers interviewed, she declined to give her full name.
"By day we throw stones and by night we come here," she says.
"After the protests, it is good to have a moment to relax – though we'll
never relax until this government is gone."
Even rich Venezuelans are affected by the country's soaring inflation
rate. But protected by their US dollars, they are better off than most.
For ordinary Venezuelans, "it's very difficult," says Ahisquel's husband.
"In this country, if you are not paid in foreign currency, it is
impossible to live."
Socialist millionaires
Many rich Venezuelans have left the country for Miami, Los Angeles or
Madrid since Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez launched his socialist
"revolution."
But some of them like Lorenzo Mendoza – Venezuela's richest man and the
owner of Polar, the country's largest food company – are content to stay.
Some are known as "boli-bourgeois," champagne socialists who grew rich
from Chavez's "Bolivarian revolution."
"We run when we see the boli-bourgeois. We can spot them a mile off,"
says Carlos, a 49-year-old lawyer, sitting beside the tree-lined
swimming pool near the golf course of the Caracas Country Club in the
north of the capital.
The rise of the Chavistas changed life for traditional rich families
like his.
"Everything is really expensive and only they can afford to live around
here."
Distribution of wealth
New money talks in a country where Maduro is striving to continue
Chavez's "revolution".
Venezuela's economy logged strong growth before prices for its crucial
oil exports started a downward spiral in mid-2014.
"Wealth in Venezuela is generated by state revenues that depend on the
oil sector," says Colette Capriles, a sociologist at Simon Bolivar
University.
"The state redistributes that revenue. The Chavez government used it
with preference for those who needed it most," with social welfare
spending, she says.
But it also offered an opportunity for those close to power to line
their pockets.
"This form of socialism has produced some very powerful millionaires,"
says Capriles.
"Most of them are government officials or people close to them – and
currently they are one of the main things holding up the government."
Show must go on
The streets of Caracas are empty after nightfall. Locals are too scared
to go out for fear of being robbed or killed.
Venezuela has one of the highest annual murder rates in the world: 70
for every 100,000 people last year, according to UN data.
But out of sight in the bars and restaurants, some are still having a
good time.
"The upper classes have not stopped going out," says Estephan.
"Even in the worst of times, people meet, get married, eat. The show
must go on." — AFP
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/06/19/rich-venezuelans-eat-sushi-guzzle-cocktails-amid-chaos
PL
2017-06-20 14:59:36 UTC
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On 6/20/2017 4:45 PM, jat wrote:
same crappy lies: same reply
That's why TS destroyed that, YMF? - Don't you
I destroyed him you mean.
Get your facts right. His Antisemitism (another racist like you) and
abusive insults (including violent threats) to various people were duly
reported to his IP and the Canadian authorities. Canadian Jewish
organizations
He hasn't been seen or heard from since. I hope he is in jail on a long
sentence for inciting racial hatred. You may end in a similar situation
with your racial slurs. US law also has a lot of means to get to you.
You are such a lying idiot, JAT.
The facts are all over
Post by PL
Post by jat
They are not my comrades.
Your previous posts show support for Castro and Chevez.
You can lie all you want but you can't escape the truth: it is online
Post by jat
Post by PL
part of the story.
Gloating about how good your "comrades" live, JAT?
Rich Venezuelans eat sushi, guzzle cocktails amid chaos
Posted on 19 June 2017 - 05:26pm
Last updated on 20 June 2017 - 12:31am
WHILE most Venezuelans struggle to buy food and make ends meet, a small
group still manages to eat sushi and sip cocktails in exclusive discos
and country clubs.
The country may be stricken by poverty and political violence, but a
rich minority acts like they are untouched by the crisis.
Case in point: Caracas, one of the world's most violent cities, is the
first in South America to open a branch of the trendy Buddha Bar
international nightclub chain.
In a country where basics such as flour and sugar are in short supply,
Buddha Bar guests can order tuna steak, pork ribs or fish tacos – as
long as they have dollars to pay.
"You can have as good a time here in Caracas as in New York, Dubai or
Saint Petersburg," says one of its owners, Cristhian Estephan.
Eight pieces of salmon and shrimp sushi here cost 55,700 bolivars
(RM23.85), or the equivalent of more than a quarter of the country's
official monthly minimum wage.
Stone-throwing, bar-hopping
Scenes of flames, tear gas and water cannons in the streets have
dominated foreign coverage of Venezuela during the recent months.
While the mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro show that
Venezuelans' anger at their hardship is boiling over, the well-off are
still managing to have fun.
Behind tightly guarded and fortified walls, posh bars and eateries are
full. The Buddha Bar opened in 2015, when the economic crisis was
already well underway.
One customer, Ahisquel, says she joins in the protests herself but still
comes to the bar once a week with her husband, an oil executive. Like
most customers interviewed, she declined to give her full name.
"By day we throw stones and by night we come here," she says.
"After the protests, it is good to have a moment to relax – though we'll
never relax until this government is gone."
Even rich Venezuelans are affected by the country's soaring inflation
rate. But protected by their US dollars, they are better off than most.
For ordinary Venezuelans, "it's very difficult," says Ahisquel's husband.
"In this country, if you are not paid in foreign currency, it is
impossible to live."
Socialist millionaires
Many rich Venezuelans have left the country for Miami, Los Angeles or
Madrid since Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez launched his socialist
"revolution."
But some of them like Lorenzo Mendoza – Venezuela's richest man and the
owner of Polar, the country's largest food company – are content to stay.
Some are known as "boli-bourgeois," champagne socialists who grew rich
from Chavez's "Bolivarian revolution."
"We run when we see the boli-bourgeois. We can spot them a mile off,"
says Carlos, a 49-year-old lawyer, sitting beside the tree-lined
swimming pool near the golf course of the Caracas Country Club in the
north of the capital.
The rise of the Chavistas changed life for traditional rich families
like his.
"Everything is really expensive and only they can afford to live around
here."
Distribution of wealth
New money talks in a country where Maduro is striving to continue
Chavez's "revolution".
Venezuela's economy logged strong growth before prices for its crucial
oil exports started a downward spiral in mid-2014.
"Wealth in Venezuela is generated by state revenues that depend on the
oil sector," says Colette Capriles, a sociologist at Simon Bolivar
University.
"The state redistributes that revenue. The Chavez government used it
with preference for those who needed it most," with social welfare
spending, she says.
But it also offered an opportunity for those close to power to line
their pockets.
"This form of socialism has produced some very powerful millionaires,"
says Capriles.
"Most of them are government officials or people close to them – and
currently they are one of the main things holding up the government."
Show must go on
The streets of Caracas are empty after nightfall. Locals are too scared
to go out for fear of being robbed or killed.
Venezuela has one of the highest annual murder rates in the world: 70
for every 100,000 people last year, according to UN data.
But out of sight in the bars and restaurants, some are still having a
good time.
"The upper classes have not stopped going out," says Estephan.
"Even in the worst of times, people meet, get married, eat. The show
must go on." — AFP
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/06/19/rich-venezuelans-eat-sushi-guzzle-cocktails-amid-chaos
jat
2017-06-19 23:01:57 UTC
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They are not my comrades. Probably yours. I don't support politicians.
But, you do...

/jat
Knowledge will set you free
El conocimiento te hará libre
Post by PL
part of the story.
Gloating about how good your "comrades" live, JAT?
Rich Venezuelans eat sushi, guzzle cocktails amid chaos
Posted on 19 June 2017 - 05:26pm
Last updated on 20 June 2017 - 12:31am
WHILE most Venezuelans struggle to buy food and make ends meet, a small
group still manages to eat sushi and sip cocktails in exclusive discos
and country clubs.
The country may be stricken by poverty and political violence, but a
rich minority acts like they are untouched by the crisis.
Case in point: Caracas, one of the world's most violent cities, is the
first in South America to open a branch of the trendy Buddha Bar
international nightclub chain.
In a country where basics such as flour and sugar are in short supply,
Buddha Bar guests can order tuna steak, pork ribs or fish tacos – as
long as they have dollars to pay.
"You can have as good a time here in Caracas as in New York, Dubai or
Saint Petersburg," says one of its owners, Cristhian Estephan.
Eight pieces of salmon and shrimp sushi here cost 55,700 bolivars
(RM23.85), or the equivalent of more than a quarter of the country's
official monthly minimum wage.
Stone-throwing, bar-hopping
Scenes of flames, tear gas and water cannons in the streets have
dominated foreign coverage of Venezuela during the recent months.
While the mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro show that
Venezuelans' anger at their hardship is boiling over, the well-off are
still managing to have fun.
Behind tightly guarded and fortified walls, posh bars and eateries are
full. The Buddha Bar opened in 2015, when the economic crisis was
already well underway.
One customer, Ahisquel, says she joins in the protests herself but still
comes to the bar once a week with her husband, an oil executive. Like
most customers interviewed, she declined to give her full name.
"By day we throw stones and by night we come here," she says.
"After the protests, it is good to have a moment to relax – though we'll
never relax until this government is gone."
Even rich Venezuelans are affected by the country's soaring inflation
rate. But protected by their US dollars, they are better off than most.
For ordinary Venezuelans, "it's very difficult," says Ahisquel's husband.
"In this country, if you are not paid in foreign currency, it is
impossible to live."
Socialist millionaires
Many rich Venezuelans have left the country for Miami, Los Angeles or
Madrid since Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez launched his socialist
"revolution."
But some of them like Lorenzo Mendoza – Venezuela's richest man and the
owner of Polar, the country's largest food company – are content to stay.
Some are known as "boli-bourgeois," champagne socialists who grew rich
from Chavez's "Bolivarian revolution."
"We run when we see the boli-bourgeois. We can spot them a mile off,"
says Carlos, a 49-year-old lawyer, sitting beside the tree-lined
swimming pool near the golf course of the Caracas Country Club in the
north of the capital.
The rise of the Chavistas changed life for traditional rich families
like his.
"Everything is really expensive and only they can afford to live around
here."
Distribution of wealth
New money talks in a country where Maduro is striving to continue
Chavez's "revolution".
Venezuela's economy logged strong growth before prices for its crucial
oil exports started a downward spiral in mid-2014.
"Wealth in Venezuela is generated by state revenues that depend on the
oil sector," says Colette Capriles, a sociologist at Simon Bolivar
University.
"The state redistributes that revenue. The Chavez government used it
with preference for those who needed it most," with social welfare
spending, she says.
But it also offered an opportunity for those close to power to line
their pockets.
"This form of socialism has produced some very powerful millionaires,"
says Capriles.
"Most of them are government officials or people close to them – and
currently they are one of the main things holding up the government."
Show must go on
The streets of Caracas are empty after nightfall. Locals are too scared
to go out for fear of being robbed or killed.
Venezuela has one of the highest annual murder rates in the world: 70
for every 100,000 people last year, according to UN data.
But out of sight in the bars and restaurants, some are still having a
good time.
"The upper classes have not stopped going out," says Estephan.
"Even in the worst of times, people meet, get married, eat. The show
must go on." — AFP
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/06/19/rich-venezuelans-eat-sushi-guzzle-cocktails-amid-chaos
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2017-06-20 13:02:15 UTC
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On 6/20/2017 1:01 AM, jat wrote:
crap
see my reply to you other identical post.
SPAMMER
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