Maduro urges calm as Venezuelans jam stores again

November 11, 2013 • Business

A man carries his newly purchased television outside an appliance store in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. President Nicolas Maduro seized control of a nationwide chain of appliance stores Friday seeking to battle inflation and shortages. Shoppers were still arriving Monday to join the hundreds who began amassing over the weekend after price inspectors said they found evidence of “usury” and Maduro ordered the chain Tiendas Daka “occupation.” (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro, who called for an emptying of shelves when he seized control of a slew of appliance retailers last week, urged calm Monday as Venezuelans massed outside stores nationwide for a fourth straight day.

Maduro, in a nationally televised address, charged that opposition agitators had infiltrated the long lines that have formed in several cities and were trying to stir up violence. He said he was deploying tens of thousands of volunteer civilian militiamen to assist security forces in crowd control.

“Be calm, these products will stay where they are,” Maduro said, adding that under no Login to read more

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