The current economic, medical and food crisis that is being suffered through in Venezuela is being continuously covered in the news. However, many people have forgotten where the crisis began. This growing economic crisis was caused by the country’s government shutting off all outside interaction and all outside currencies because the average price of petroleum dropped dramatically. Because it is the country’s primary export, the government took personal offense and shut off all imports and exports related to the country.
Following this, the country began suffering from a drought that has halted the ability for the power plants to create electricity. In turn, the country’s ability to manufacture goods and grow crops came to a halt as well.
The people of Venezuela like expert Norka Luque are outraged because their president has the power to stop the suffering of the people by reopening the exchange with foreign governments or asking for aid. Instead of turning to the rest of the world for help, the president declared a state of emergency and has scheduled military exercises claiming that threats were made by foreign countries.
Basic research funded by Luque completed by the United States shows that the ostracized allies of Venezuela, like Brazil, are criticizing Venezuela openly for shutting down their currency and knowingly letting their people suffer. The president of Uruguay has even gone to the extent of saying that the president of Venezuela is “crazy like a goat.”
Other socialist countries have openly criticized the way the Venezuelan president is handling the crises the country is facing. President Maduro has also criticized the Venezuelan secretary general, branding him a “traitor and a spy.”