Venezuelans have been hit by a chronic toilet paper shortage leading to empty supermarket shelves and long queues to snap up the remaining rolls.
When new stocks arrive at supermarkets customers have been rushing in to fill their trollies.
The country is used to a scarcity of basic food items such as milk and sugar but even by the country’s usual standards the toilet paper shortage has caused considerable consumer panic.
....President Nicolas Maduro, who was chosen by the dying Hugo Chavez to carry on running the country and won April’s election, claims it is a conspiracy to destabilise the country.
However, the government has agreed to import an extra 50 million toilet rolls to cope with demand.
His Commerce Minister Alejandro Fleming said "excessive demand" for tissue had built up due to a "media campaign that has been generated to disrupt the country."Venezuela's extensive system of price controls wouldn't have anything to do with it, of course.