Chavez is promising to take over rice processing plants in Venezuela because they have been refusing to sell rice at the price set by government.
Hyperinflation is starting to show it’s head, as a function of government policies around money supply. The article I referenced claimed that that is the reason for supply shortages and queues, although I don’t quite understand the direct link. Chavez’s response is to impose price controls to ensure citizens can purchase staples such as rice at an affordable price.
What, like price restrictions haven’t been analytically and empirically proven to increase shortages? Chavez is just another in a line of South American leaders to draf their countries into poverty and economic malaise. For all his popular support, he will ruin Venezuela.