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Venezuelan governor says 1 person killed during looting of supermarket, reports 27 detained

  • Government supporters holds a poster of Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro, and the late President Hugo Chavez, as they protest outside of distribution center belonging to Venezuela’s largest food company, Empresas Polar, in La Yaguara neighborhood, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, July 31, 2015. The protesters are asking that the company give up their land so they can build homes of their own on the Empresas Polar property. Soldiers took over the warehouse complex used by Empresas Polar late Wednesday just as Venezuela's federation of brewers announced that Polar's beer manufacturing subsidiary is shutting two of its six plants because of a lack of imported barley. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Government supporters holds a poster of Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro, and the late President Hugo Chavez, as they protest outside of distribution center belonging to Venezuela’s largest food company, Empresas Polar, in La Yaguara neighborhood, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, July 31, 2015. The protesters are asking that the company give up their land so they can build homes of their own on the Empresas Polar property. Soldiers took over the warehouse complex used by Empresas Polar late Wednesday just as Venezuela's federation of brewers announced that Polar's beer manufacturing subsidiary is shutting two of its six plants because of a lack of imported barley. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

  • Government supporters, one holding a poster of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, protest outside a distribution center belonging to Venezuela’s largest food company, Empresas Polar, in La Yaguara neighborhood, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, July 31, 2015. The protesters are asking that the company give up their land so they can build homes of their own on the Empresas Polar property. Soldiers took over the warehouse complex used by Empresas Polar late Wednesday just as Venezuela's federation of brewers announced that Polar's beer manufacturing subsidiary is shutting two of its six plants because of a lack of imported barley.  (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Government supporters, one holding a poster of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, protest outside a distribution center belonging to Venezuela’s largest food company, Empresas Polar, in La Yaguara neighborhood, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, July 31, 2015. The protesters are asking that the company give up their land so they can build homes of their own on the Empresas Polar property. Soldiers took over the warehouse complex used by Empresas Polar late Wednesday just as Venezuela's federation of brewers announced that Polar's beer manufacturing subsidiary is shutting two of its six plants because of a lack of imported barley. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man walks by a sign on a wall that reads "Not to the expropriation, We are all Polar," outside the distribution center belonging to Venezuela’s largest food company, Empresas Polar, in La Yaguara in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 30, 2015. According to Empresas Polar director Manuel Felipe Larrazabal the government occupied of one of its Caracas food distribution centers. President Nicolas Maduro has accused Polar of sabotaging the economy by hoarding goods and intentionally creating shortages, a charge the company has denied. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    A man walks by a sign on a wall that reads "Not to the expropriation, We are all Polar," outside the distribution center belonging to Venezuela’s largest food company, Empresas Polar, in La Yaguara in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 30, 2015. According to Empresas Polar director Manuel Felipe Larrazabal the government occupied of one of its Caracas food distribution centers. President Nicolas Maduro has accused Polar of sabotaging the economy by hoarding goods and intentionally creating shortages, a charge the company has denied. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

Venezuelan authorities say one person has been killed and at least 27 people detained after a supermarket was looted in the city of Ciudad Guyana in the country's southeast.

In announcing the figures, Bolivar state Gov. Francisco Rangel pushed back against opponents of the government who attributed Friday's unrest to widespread scarcities of basic goods across the oil-rich nation. He said that there was no excuse for the mob's action and that food is not short in the industrial city.

Local newspaper Correo del Caroni said dead person was a 21-year-old man who had a gunshot wound in the chest.

The paper also said the commotion caused merchants to temporarily shutter nearby businesses in fear they might be attacked, too.