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A video made its way to Facebook on Monday, showing clips of Venezuelan military forces taking part in “intense training” activities. The caption on the Facebook post asserts that the clip is not a “humorous television program” and that it was released by “the Venezuelan government to scare the US Marines.”
Since making its way onto Facebook, the video has been viewed over 387,000 times. The caption, according to Google Translate, reads: “ATTENTION: It is not a video of a humorous television program, it is a video of the Venezuelan government to scare the US Marines.”
While the video may have been meant to be intimidating, it is anything but. The soldiers that are featured often come off as slow, clumsy, and poorly coordinated.
They also perform a battle cry throughout the vast majority of the video, sustaining so long that it had to be uncomfortable for the soldiers.
Only three soldiers take part in the activities, but they rarely seem to be following the same rhythm.
When striking practice dummies with their bayonets, the moves are anything but threatening.
As you might guess, the video has failed to scare even a single U.S. Marine.
Meanwhile the rapid meltdown of social and economic order in the Venezuelan socialist paradise continues to accelerate.
In San Antonio del Tachira, like scores of Venezuelan towns near the border with Colombia, if you want to buy food or medicine it is no use amassing huge piles of bolivar currency. You need Colombian pesos or U.S. dollars.
Hyperinflation running above 2 million percent per year in Venezuela has made the Venezuelan bolivar practically worthless. For those without electronic payment cards, foreign currency has become the only practical means of trade within the South American country.
Moises Hernandez, who works as a cleaner in San Antonio, is paid in Colombia pesos, which allows him to cross the border to the city of Cucuta to buy basic necessities.
“Unless we buy over there, we cannot eat,” the 40-year-old told Reuters. “In Venezuela everything is more expensive.”
Since Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro legalized the use of foreign currencies last year, they have increasingly become the norm in many aspects of life.
In border areas and major towns, doctors, merchants and even plumbers require payment in Colombian, Brazilian, U.S. or European currency.
During a blackout that left much of Venezuela without electricity this week, the few bakeries, restaurants and pharmacies that remained open demanded cash because electronic payment systems were down. For most, that meant foreign currency.
Since the "blackout" began in #Venezuela, the use of #bitcoin has dropped 40%, heightening the country’s money problems: a lot of inflation, but no money. #Socialism has returned VNZ to the days of barter. https://t.co/ObbeneVHzg
— Prof. Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) March 16, 2019
In the western city of Maracaibo – the second-largest in Venezuela – those shops that remained open only accepted payments in U.S. dollars – 5-dollar bills and above.
“Everything is for sale in dollars and where do you find those bills?” asked Lila Matheus, 50, a mother of a 14-year-old boy in Maracaibo. “The truth is I’m afraid because I don’t know where I am going to buy food.”
Much of the foreign currency in Venezuela comes from the more than three million people who have migrated since 2015, according to the United Nations.
Those without friends and relatives outside the country can struggle. The minimum wage in Venezuela of 18,000 bolivars is equivalent to less than six dollars at the official rate.
But as basic goods become scarcer, even those able to pay in dollars are finding that inflation is soaring.
According to calculations by local firm Ecoanalitica, a basket of basic goods that would have cost $100 a year ago would now require $675 to purchase even in U.S. currency.
This week’s blackout appears to have accelerated that trend. Bags of ice cost a dollar the first day of the outage in Caracas or six dollars in Maracaibo, according to Reuters witnesses. A few days later the price in dollars had tripled.
Venezuelans Who’ve Fled Socialism Shred "Hands Off Venezuela" Protesters at a Pro-Maduro Rally in D.C. …
"These Protesters must have Trump Derangement Syndrome" …
WATCH FULL VIDEO HERE: https://t.co/L21PLyAtUJ @DailyCaller #Venezuela #JuanGuaido #SocialismKills pic.twitter.com/JZvwYGViZJ
— Stephanie Hamill (@STEPHMHAMILL) March 17, 2019
“In a stunning Fox Business interview Monday evening, Venezuela’s rightful president, @jguaido, effectively invited Democrat congresswoman and proud socialist @AOC to visit his country and see the fruits of socialism with her own eyes.” https://t.co/AvzLSNtxG5
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) March 14, 2019
A new poll says many younger Americans have no problem with socialism and some even want to try it. Well, what’s stopping them? Venezuela beckons, there are flights to Caracas everyday.
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) March 11, 2019
Socialism has destroyed #Venezuela.
Its people are starving.
Its economy is destroyed.
Basic necessities, like bread and toilet paper, are chronically in short supply.
Corruption and crime are rampant.
— PragerU (@prageru) March 17, 2019