The automaker stated the plant "was unexpectedly taken by authorities, preventing normal operations. In addition, other assets of the company, such as vehicles, have been illegally taken from its facilities." Aside from causing "irreparable damage to the company," a total of 2,678 workers, 79 dealers and many suppliers are also being affected. GM did add that it would pay separation benefits, assuming local authorities won’t get in the way. For its part, the Venezuelan Information Ministry had no immediate comment. This isn’t the first time Venezuela has taken over factories, and it’s really a dumb move on its part for several reasons, one of which is the fact that its car industry has been in a freefall because of a lack of raw materials.