A vague decree by Venezuelan officials could force public and private sector workers to work in the country’s farm fields for 60-day periods which may be extended “if circumstances merit.”
That “effectively amounts to forced labor,” according to Amnesty International, which derided the decree as “unlawful.”
“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,” Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas’ Director at Amnesty International, said in a statement.
President Nicolas Maduro is using his executive powers to declare a state of economic emergency and circumvent the Congress, which is opposed.
People won’t lose their regular jobs and they will receive their regular salary.
Before Socialism and Hugo Chavez, the country had a robust agricultural sector but not any longer. They import food now. They don’t invest in agriculture.
Oil prices went down which sent their horrible economy over the edge but it’s also the fact that the Socialist nation didn’t upgrade refineries and there is not much of an appetite for their crude oil when more refined oil can be gotten elsewhere.
The communist Cuban government used the same strategy in the 1960s in trying to recover sugar production after the US embargo. They forced Cubans to work on sugar farms.
Maduro’s decrees often go nowhere and this one is extremely unpopular.
Venezuela is the world’s worst economy, according to the IMF. It’s expected to shrink 10% this year and inflation is projected to rise over 700%. Beyond food shortages, hospitals are low on supplies, causing many patients to go untreated and some to die.
More than 100,000 Venezuelans have fled and crossed over into Colombia. They want the border kept open for them.
They are hoping to find food for their children.
Isn’t socialism great!
Vote for Hillary and maybe in the next four years you’ll be working in the fields.
h/t George Thompson