Mandatory Fingerprinting In Venezuelan Supermarkets

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Today the BBC reported that Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro plans to introduce a mandatory fingerprinting system in supermarkets across the country, as part of an effort to prevent food shortages and smuggling.

In a televised address on Wednesday, Maduro said:

“We are creating a biometric system … to function in all distribution and retail systems, public and private.

“This will be — like the fingerprint scan we use in our electoral system — a perfect anti-fraud system.”

According to the BBC:

Opposition in Venezuela rejected the plan, saying the policy treated all Venezuelans as thieves.

Critics said fingerprinting consumers of staple products was tantamount to rationing and constituted a breach of privacy.

Up to 40% of the goods which Venezuela subsidises for its domestic market are smuggled to Colombia, where they are sold at much higher prices, the authorities say.

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However this could be an attempt by the Western media to dig up anti-Venezuelan sentiment as just like his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, Nicolas Maduro has long been a critic of Western foreign policies.

During his acceptance speech at the presidential ceremony he stated:

“Compatriots, I am not here out of personal ambition, out of vanity, or because my surname Maduro is a part of the rancid oligarchy of this country. I am not here because I represent financial groups, neither of the oligarchy nor of American imperialism…I am not here to protect mafias nor groups nor factions.”