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.
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.”