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El Nacional, June 9, 2016
Venezuelan daily El Nacional on Thursday features front-page clashes linked to the country's ongoing food shortages. "Local Supply and Production Committees (CLAP) will control 70% of food staples," reads the lead headline of the Caracas daily that is close to the opposition.
The headline refers to the policy touted by Food Minister Rodolfo Marco Torres to have supplies distributed through local government committees to fight what President Nicolas Maduro has called the "economic war" gripping Venezuela. The government has blamed contraband for empty supermarket shelves, and has taken on the delivery to Venezuelans of a bag every 21 days filled with staple products such as rice, milk and beans.
But daily protests over food shortage have continued. The opposition says the government is "trying to create an absolute monopoly on the distribution of food" and that it is "blackmailing the people through their stomach."
Venezuela already has the highest inflation rate in the world, with 180.9% in 2015, and could reach 700% this year according to the International Monetary Fund.