- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 22, 2013

Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Arreaza announced the “temporary occupation” of a factory that produces toilet paper in the state of Aragua to review the “production, marketing and distribution (of) toilet paper,” following embarrassing shortages earlier this year.

Critics of Socialist President Nicolas Maduro say the nagging shortages of basic necessities are a sign his government’s rigid price controls are failing, Reuters reported.

A national regulating agency called Sundecop said it would occupy a Manpa factory for 15 days, adding that National Guard troops would “safeguard” the facility, Reuters reported.

“The action in the producer of toilet paper, sanitary napkins and disposable diapers responds to the state’s obligation to ensure a steady supply of basic goods for the people,” Sundecop said in a statement, adding it had observed “the violation of the right” to access such products, Reuters said.

The government has blamed private companies for contributing to the shortages, accusing them of hoarding their products in hopes of selling them later at a higher price.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide