Gustavo Coronel publishes this morning (but without links, only his sources) that the owners of Daka are not in jail, that they were in Panama where they enjoy the benefits of a diplomatic passport. There they opened with the money earned in Venezuela a mega store of appliances and as such, well, they do not need to come back to Venezuela, ever.
In short, what Coronel hints at or seems to believe was that the whole thing was an arrangement between the regime and the owners, where the looting of one store was planned and where the first people to show up to loot, or those that are in line first to buy at discount prices when a given store is not looted, are organized chavistas groups that were on short notice, and that the regime needs to satisfy and cannot these days, as it is short of cash. Let's remember that the Chines have refused the easy 5 billion in cash bail out Maduro desperately needed to buy his way through the December vote.
It is possible. After all there are pictures circulating on the Internet where the faces of the owners of Daka and Ivoo appear cozy with Arreaza, the current vice president, an antisemite. These Muslims, well, I am sorry but there is no polite figure of speech that I can find to sound PC, were in bed with Chavez since 2003 at least, as a majority of the Muslim population of Venezuela who could not believe their luck at such an idiotic anti Israel president for Venezuela. Let's not forget that this radical Muslim stance is deeply espoused inside the regime where a PSUV representative went to Syria to "fight" next to the Assad troops.
Why not believe that Daka owners, who have secured a few millions for their future, who are probably hard workers any way, regardless of any cultural chip they may have on their shoulder, did not accept that request from the regime? A slow burning looting accompanied of obscene discount that at least recover the non speculative costs, all compensated at least in part by insurance companies and the loss of Daka in Venezuela may not be as big as one may think, and a small price to pay for your liberty to own one of the major electronic stores in Panana with the capital to expand it fast, away of the cesspool that Venezuela has become, even for them.
Thus the regime sensing a social problem did get a short term patch to satisfy its hard core followers who are nothing less but criminals, used over the last decade and a half to a life of crime and larceny and free gifts in exchange of electoral cheating, violence against the opposition, attending each Chavez rally, etc.... A controlled looting is certainly better than a generalized one, the more so when the losses are diluted courtesy of the arbitration in currency. That is, the real losses of the Daka episode will be borne by the people, the losses of Daka and its cronies in the regime being duly minimized by further looting of the state coffers.
The question is, will the looting of Daka Valencia be enough?
PS: of course, the reputation of Maduro as a pathological liar is confirmed since he claims that the owners of Daka have been arrested. Not only they have not, but their silence at the loss of their commercial empire in Venezuela seems to confirm all that is written above. Venezuela is indeed a narco-laundering state.....
PS2: this, of course, does not change an iota that the order of Maduro to loot stores, that throwing to the wolves business people to pay for his own mismanagement is absolutely reprehensible and will get him one day a jail sentence.