Food riots increase, resulting in further death

The coastal city of Cumaná was placed under a de facto curfew after an outbreak of mass looting left at least 20 shops ransacked and 400 people arrested. Soldiers, special police and the feared Sebin security force patrolled the city, while motorcycles, often used by looters were banned for 72 hours. Elsewhere, a 17-year-old died in a hospital in the restive mountain town of Merida after being shot Tuesday during disturbances there. It was the fourth death in frantic food riots during a week-long period. A New York Times report on the ransacking said that “Venezuela is convulsing from hunger.”