Long Lines in Venezuela


A man carrying a gas cylinder walks past a line of people queuing up to buy gas cylinders at a distribution point of Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company PDVSA in San Cristobal, February 28, 2014. (Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)



People line up outside a state-run Bicentenario supermarket in Caracas, January 9, 2015. (Photo by Jorge Silva/Reuters)



People write queue numbers on their arms, to mark their position as they wait in line to buy food at a supermarket in San Cristobal, about 410 miles (660 km) southwest of Caracas, February 28, 2014. (Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)



Customers line up to get in for shopping at a state-run Bicentenario supermarket in Caracas, May 2, 2014. (Photo by Jorge Silva/Reuters)



National Guards control access as people line up outside a state-run Bicentenario supermarket in Caracas, January 9, 2015. (Photo by Jorge Silva/Reuters)



People line up to buy food at a supermarket in San Cristobal, southwest of Caracas, February 27, 2014. (Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)



People pick up groceries in a state-run supermarket in Caracas, January 9, 2015. (Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)



People line up to pay inside a Makro supermarket in Caracas, January 9, 2015. (Photo by Jorge Silva/Reuters)



People line up to try to buy staple food and household items, outside a supermarket in Caracas January 16, 2016. (Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)



A man walks out of a supermarket carrying corn flour, rice and mayonnaise in a plastic bag, while others wait in line to try to buy staple items in Caracas January 16, 2016. (Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)



People line up to try to buy corn flour and rice, outside a supermarket in Caracas January 16, 2016. (Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)



A woman shields her child from the sun, as she sits in a line to try and buy meat, outside a supermarket in Caracas January 16, 2016. Venezuela's socialist government decreed an "economic emergency" on Friday that will expand its powers and published the first data in a year that shows the depth of a recession fueled by low oil prices and a sputtering state-led model. The central bank, which has been lambasted by critics of President Nicolas Maduro's government for hiding statistics since the end of 2014, said the South American OPEC nation's economy shrank 4.5 percent in the first nine months last year. Inflation soared in that period to an annual rate of 141.5 percent, the world's worst. (Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)





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