‘Behind me is toothpaste CNN said doesn't exist in Venezuela’ – Max Blumenthal explores markets
Blumenthal toured several state-subsidized markets outside the Venezuelan capital, witnessing “hundreds of people” purchasing basic goods there. He says that the produce is “sold well-below market value,” adding that the prices appear to be quite affordable for locals as well. The video shows locals leaving with large bags of groceries from the markets.
There’s bread, meat and chicken, pasta, dried fish and assorted vegetables, even handcrafted soap at the market.
“Behind me is toothpaste which CNN said does not exist in Venezuela,” Blumenthal says.
The remark is followed by an expert from the broadcaster's reporting about US ‘humanitarian aid’ which contains the precious commodity that President Nicolas Maduro has supposedly deprived his people of.
“We all are in peace here. Here we don't want war,” a woman at the market says, adding that she doesn't want “foreigners” to spark war. “And tell the news that we don't need anything. What we want is for the US to lift the blockade it has put on us in Venezuela. We are free.”Also on rt.com ‘People who hate Maduro often need humanitarian aid the least’ – Max Blumenthal
Blumenthal, who is currently reporting from Venezuela, explained in an earlier interview with RT that many poor Venezuelans believe that their crisis stems from the US sanctions noose and the absence of the billions of dollars that Washington seized or prevented from entering the economy. Meanwhile those who hate Maduro and the whole idea of Chavismo are usually much wealthier people “who need humanitarian aid the least.”
Blumenthal said that he's not denying that there is an economic crisis here but added that authorities are actively working to help the population.
Washington, however, appears to be adamant to push its ‘humanitarian aid’ into the country, despite the chaos it caused on the border between Venezuela and Colombia.
“What happened yesterday is not going to deter us from getting humanitarian aid into Venezuela,” a senior official with the US administration told reporters on Sunday.Also on rt.com Venezuela crisis: Border clashes, ‘masked thugs’, ‘torched aid’ & fake Red Cross
On Saturday, the ‘aid convoy’ was blocked by Venezuelan troops and several trucks were torched, reportedly by US-backed opposition activists who were seen preparing Molotov cocktails before the shipments caught fire. US Vice President Mike Pence is expected to announce “concrete steps” on how the US will try and push in a new batch of ‘aid’ on Monday, while meeting regional leaders in Bogota, Colombia.
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