National Assembly PSUV deputy Henry Ramirez was captured on film aboard a flight as passengers who recognized him sang a song to voice their frustration with PSUV rule in the country. Ramirez appeared to be sound asleep while the cabin erupted in song and clapping.

The video below shows the event. Ramirez is the sleeping man in the blue dress shirt. The passengers are singing and clapping along to a tongue-in-cheek song about scarcity, which I’ve translated below. In Spanish, the song begins with “No tengo harina, no tengo pollo / En Venezuela ya no se consigue un coño” [I don’t have flour, I don’t have chicken, in Venezuela we can’t find fuck all]. Unfortunately, the rhyme does not survive translation.

Passengers: … chicken! In Venezuela we can’t find fuck all! I don’t have flour, I don’t have chicken, in Venezuela we can’t find fuck all [x2]

There is no sugar! There is no coffee! All we’ve got in Venezuela is scarcity! [x3]

No! No! I don’t want it! A dictatorship just like the one in Cuba! [x3]

Venezuela Spent $400,000 On Fidel’s Birthday Celebrations

RunRun.Es reported today that the Venezuelan government spent a total of $400,000 over a week of celebrations marking the birthday of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. The cost includes all expenses incurred by the Venezuelan delegation that traveled to Cuba last week to join the festivities. The delegation was headed by Maduro himself, and the trip lasted from Monday, August 8 to Sunday, August 14.

The sum was calculated by National Assembly MUD deputy Carlos Berrizbeitia, who said:

The budget for trips this year exceeds one billion bolivares, which the government exchanges at the preferential rate through DIRPO [at a rate of Bs. 10/US$ 1]. For the trip of Cuba, for example, it wasn’t necessary to involve the presidential airplane, which costs over $25,000 to keep in the air for one hour. On top of that, [Venezuela] brought musicians, journalists, [and officials brought] family members and friends to sing Fidel “Happy birthday”. It cost more than $400,000 because the delegation included more than 80 people.

Gov’t To Fine Bakeries That Allow “Long Lines”

Effective today, the national government has authorized SUNDDEE, the Superintendency of Fair Prices, to fine bakeries that allow “long lines” to form outside of their establishments. According to SUNDDE superintendent William Contreras, the measure is necessary because the lines are manufactured by the government’s international and domestic enemies, and are therefore not the result of product scarcity.

According to Globovision, Contreras also said that bakeries are being stocked properly. It is not clear how much a fine will cost, or what SUNDDE considers to be a “long line”.

Venezuela is currently experiencing the worst scarcity crisis in living memory. A combination of essentially non-existent national production, low oil prices and low import rates have made even the most basic necessities difficult to find in the country. As a result, Venezuelans must often line up for hours at bakeries, supermarkets and other establishments in order to have a chance to purchase the scarce products.

Gov’t Refuses To Accept Medical Aid from Soccer Superstar Dani Alves

Former Barcelona right back and Brazil national soccer player Dani Alves was contacted earlier this year by Maria Goncalvez, the director of the Asociacion Civil Hepatitis C Venezuela [Venezuelan Hepatitis C Civil Society]. Goncalvez had a request for Alves: that he donate medical supplies to help with the health crisis in the country.

Evidently swayed by Goncalvez’s request, Alves agreed to donate enough medical material to deliver 300 hepatitis C treatments, and attempted to send the supplies to Venezuela in July. However, El Nacional reported today that the boxes remain undelivered, as the Venezuela government refuses to accept them.

The newspaper reports that the nature of the shipment means that it must be officially accepted by the Venezuelan government in order to pass through the border. However, Goncalvez explained that the government is uninterested in Alves’ donation:

We’ve kept in daily contact with the Ministry of Health [and] with the National Institute of Hygiene, but neither wants to accept the donation.

Goncalvez said that Alves’ donation was not at all political, and that he has made similar donations to other countries.

Goncalvez also explained that Venezuela has not had a national strategy to combat hepatitis C in several years, and that the medial scarcity affecting the country is making life for those suffering from the disease particularly nightmarish.

Solangel Zambrano told El Nacional that she suffers from lupus, and that she is a member of Goncalvez’s group. Zambrano told the newspaper that she has now gone two months without finding even the most basic treatments for her disease, and that she believes that Maduro must simply be ignorant of the plight facing people like her:

I think that the president isn’t receiving all of the information. No one can act like that while half the country is dying.

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