Population boycotts eggs purchases to lower prices

Venezuelans began today a boycott campaign to chicken eggs to bring down prices for this product, whose 30-unit package costs more than two monthly minimum wages.

"The organized people, for two weeks, will boycott the eggs in the communities. We are united in the fight against speculation. Let's not buy eggs, even if they lower their prices, until they rot," says one of the messages on Twitter.

The campaign started on social networks, but went on to supermarkets, with people complaining that other products such as meat, chicken, milk and cheese are increasingly inaccessible due to high prices.

Several people told Lusa agency that "in two months the eggs doubled in price, despite being a Venezuelan product, produced within the country."

"Traders say the problem is with distributors and it is likely to be so, but it cannot be justified to raise the price of eggs because the value of the dollar has risen (the price of the Venezuelan currency has fallen). The chickens are from here," explained Lucília Mendes.

This descendant of Portuguese complained that a 30-unit egg box costs more than 80,000 sovereign bolivars (3.54 euros at the official exchange rate), a very high figure compared to the 40,000 bolivars of the monthly minimum wage (1,77 euros).

"But it's not just eggs, everything is very expensive. A whole chicken costs around 100,000 bolivars (4.43 euros), one kilogram of beef to stew is around 60,000 bolivars (2.65 euros), pork 80,000 (3,54 euros) and the hard white cheese, homemade, is not lower than 50 thousand (2.21 euros)," said Lucilia Mendes.

According to the descendant of Portuguese, "prices are 'dollarized', close to what they charge internationally, but minimum wages here are less than two euros, while, for example in Portugal, they exceed 600 euros a month."

Today, in some places in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, some signs were visible indicating the price of products in dollars, with the observation, at the exchange rate, an increasingly common situation throughout the country.

The egg boycott campaign is generating heated discussions on social networks, with users accusing the regime of starting the campaign, justifying prices with hyperinflation, the loss of value of the bolivar and the 'dollarization'.

Other users accuse sellers of making the calculations in dollars so that they are not decapitalized and are able to replenish inventories, some arguing that price speculation is related to an unpredictable future, and some suggest that the campaign should also cover plantains (tropical banana), an indispensable fruit in the daily lives of Venezuelans.

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