Venezuela Begins 'Occupation' of Private Supermarket Chain

February 3, 2015 5:59 PM

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National guardsmen and state price adjusters are fanning out across Venezuela, implementing a military-style "occupation" with an unusual goal: Making sure shoppers can buy enough sugar.

The South American government is temporarily taking over the Dia a Dia supermarket chain as part of a crackdown on private businesses it blames for worsening shortages and long lines.

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