At least 400 people have been arrested after further rioting and looting blamed on food shortages. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Venezuelan security forces have arrested at least 400 people after the latest bout of looting and food riots in the crisis-hit OPEC member country, local officials said on Wednesday (June 15). On Tuesday (June 14), violence engulfed the eastern Caribbean coastal town of Cumana as looters swarmed through dozens of shops and security forces struggled to maintain control. With desperate crowds of people chanting "We want food!," protests and melees at shops have spread across Venezuela in recent weeks, fuelled by severe shortages. According to a local monitoring group, the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, more than 10 incidents of looting are occurring daily across the nation of 30 million people that is suffering a brutal recession and the world's highest rate of inflation. Venezuela's political opposition says President Nicolas Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez are to blame for failed socialist economic policies. Maduro says his foes are waging an "economic war" against him and seeking to foment a coup.