CARACAS - Venezuelans looted at least two trucks smuggling food to Colombia that the border army had let pass "under orders from higher up" in North-western Venezuela's Sinamaica and set fire to the municipal headquarters of the region in anger, including burning pictures of former President Hugo Chavez.
Zulia state government official, Billy Gasca, confirmed the incident on his Twitter account adding the matter was being investigated.
According to the Panorama newspaper, the municipal spokesperson said five offices were affected in the incident.
El Nacional newspaper reported, the robbery of the trucks came as a protest "against food scarcity and rationing" in the region as people lived in "deplorable conditions, going without electricity supply or internet connection for several days."
The portal Últimas Noticias quoted anonymous sources from the municipal offices, who said the attack began Tuesday night when the attackers entered the municipal building and set the place on fire, after robbing computers and electrical goods. They then took the portraits of former President Hugo Chavez, current President Nicolas Maduro and state Governor Francisco Arias Cardenas and burned them in the town square.
The government is yet to officially comment on the incident that follow other similar incidents in other parts of the country and has renewed debate around the economic crisis in the country, as skyrocketing inflation and widespread shortages enrage the population.
According to the reports, at least 40 people have been murdered by the military in the past year in the area, including most recently a 16 year old kid.