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    Mr KLC
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    This Is The Road America Almost Followed

    Protests and looting broke out in parts of Venezuela on Friday due to a lack of cash after the socialist government suddenly pulled the nation's largest banknote from circulation in the midst of a brutal economic crisis.

    Waving the now-worthless 100-bolivar bills, pockets of demonstrators blocked roads, demanded that stores accept the cash and cursed President Nicolas Maduro, witnesses said.

    Shops were looted in various places.

    Last weekend, Maduro gave Venezuelans three days to ditch the 100-bolivar bills, arguing that the measure was needed to combat mafias on the Colombia border despite warnings from some economists that it risked sparking chaos.

    Opposition leaders said the move was further evidence that Maduro is destroying the OPEC nation's economy and must be removed.

    Authorities have thwarted a referendum sought by the opposition against the leftist leader, however, enabling him to complete a six-year term ending in early 2019 but increasing the prospect of social unrest.

    With new bills - originally due on Thursday - still nowhere to be seen, many Venezuelans were unable to fill their vehicles' fuel tanks to get to work, buy food or purchase Christmas gifts.

    Adding to the chaos, many cash machines were broken or empty. And, large lines formed outside the central bank offices in Caracas and Maracaibo where the 100-bolivar bills could still be handed over and deposited for a few days more.

    Maduro's measure has stoked anger among Venezuelans already weary of long lines for food and medicine amid product shortages and triple-digit inflation.

    Six businesses in isolated Bolivar state were looted on Friday after stores refused to accept the soon-to-be defunct bills, said El Callao's mayor, Coromoto Lugo, who belongs to the opposition. There were similar reports in several other towns.

    Maduro blames the crisis on an "economic war" waged against his government to weaken the bolivar currency and unseat him.

    Critics scoff at that explanation, pointing instead to state controls and excessive money printing.


    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ve...KBN1452J1?il=0

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    Hugo Chavez, and his dream was elected only 17 years ago, and look at this place now. Total chaos. Can you imagine what would have happened here if a self proclaimed socialist like Bernie had been elected in. Venezuela would have been our crystal ball.

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    KLC, thx for the education.

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    The c-note isn't going anywhere as long as the US is the reserve currency. Even if they stopped printing them at some point, the existing ones would not be deemed worthless as was the case in Venezuela.

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    what a dumbfukk
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