Venezuelan forex board allocates USD 33 billion in 2012
The granted foreign currency records a 5.6% hike versus 2011
Imports were granted USD 26.01 billion, including USD 18.17 in regular imports, the Venezuelan government agency broke down.
Furthermore, USD 1.46 billion was authorized for financial operations; USD 3.33 billion for credit cards and USD 2.34 for miscellaneous.
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.