Monday, April 02, 2007
Venezuela's Chavez Bans Alcohol Sales Over Easter Holiday
It will be a dry Easter around Caracas and other parts of Venezuela. President Hugo Chavez has imposed a ban on the sale of alcohol starting on Thursday and running through Easter Sunday.
Chavez says the move is designed to reduce the number of alcohol related traffic accidents and crimes over the holiday weekend. In addition to the four-day ban, alcohol sales hours at Venezuelan shops and restaurants were reduced starting last Friday to between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The ban prompted a run on liquor stores across the country as locals stocked up before the holiday Prohibition in enforced.