Venezuelan decree could order citizens to work in the fields

An executive decree by Veneuzlan President Nicolas Maduro may require thousands of citizens to work on farms in order to deal with the serious food shortages that have been getting worse for months. CNNMoney: "Trying to tackle Venezuela's severe food shortages by forcing people to work the fields is like trying to fix a broken leg with a band aid," Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas' Director at Amnesty International, said in a statement. President Nicolas Maduro is using his executive powers to declare a state of economic emergency. By using a decree, he can legally circumvent Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly -- the Congress -- which is staunchly against all of Maduro's actions. According to the decree from July 22, workers would still be paid their normal salary by the government and they can't be fired from their actual job. t is a potent sign of tough conditions in Venezuela, which is grappling with the lack of basic food...(Read Full Post)

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