ECLAC: Poverty and indigence escalate in Venezuela
Poverty in Latin America slipped to 168 million people
The downward trend was reported in Paraguay (-5.2 points), Ecuador (-3.7 points) Peru (-3.5 points), Colombia (-3.1 points), Argentina (-2.9 points), Brazil (-2.0 points in 2009-2011) and Uruguay (-1.9 points), ECLAC's Social Panorama of Latin America 2012 report indicated.
Likewise, such countries were reported to have brought indigence down.
For its part, Venezuela, however, reported a slight increase in poverty and indigence rates (up 1.7 and 1.0 percentage points, respectively). Meanwhile, no substantial changes were recorded in Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. Changes in poverty were below 1% per year in these countries.
The report outlines, "The trends observed in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Dominican Republic do not entirely coincide with those reported by the official statistical agencies of these two countries. These discrepancies are due to minor differences in methodology related to the price deflator used to adjust the poverty line and the criteria for calculating aggregate household income."
ECLAC concluded that the poverty rate in Latin America fell from 176 million in 2010 to 168 million in 2011, that is, 29.4% of the region's population, EFE cited.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.