Venezuela Motorbikers Killed for Scarce Spare Parts

Shortages of motorcycle parts in recession-hit Venezuela have become so acute that bikers are being killed for their vehicles, the leader of a local motorcyclist association said. Socialist-run Venezuela is reeling from shortages of foods, medicines and machinery due in part to currency controls that crimp imports. That strain appears to have exacerbated theft in the already violence-plagued country where police officers are gunned down for their weapons, trucks ambushed for merchandise and commuters held up for cellphones. Jorge Montaño, a leader of Venezuela's National Socialist Federation of Motorbikers,"They're killing those of us in the street to steal our bike because there are no bikes or spare parts."