Video of Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro eating in an upscale steak restaurant in Turkey has caused outrage in crisis-hit Venezuela. The images show Turkish celebrity Chef Nusret Gokce carving meat in front of the president and his wife, Cilia Flores, at Gokce’s Nusr-Et restaurant in Istanbul. Almost two-thirds of Venezuelans have reported losing weight as shortages of food worsened in recent years. Red meat is especially scarce.
The presidential couple was in Istanbul on a stop-over from China, where the president was trying to drum up investment.
The videos were shared widely by critics of Mr. Maduro.
Opposition leader Julio Borges, who is living outside Venezuela for fear of arrest, tweeted: “While Venezuelans suffer and die of hunger, Nicolás Maduro and Cilia Flores have a good time in one of the most expensive restaurants in the world, all with money stolen from the Venezuelan people.”
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