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tv   Close up  Deutsche Welle  March 18, 2019 8:30pm-9:01pm CET

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stayed. only a promise to our son in law made son only in the jungle and return to the concrete and glass jungle. the result reverse culture shock. a fund that you realise how strange that artificial little girls really connected to life. the prize winning documentary song from the forest starts people first on t.w. . no you're the only kind of humanitarian aid has been turned into a spectacle to justify a military intervention. that there were. more by twenty third will be the day of the humanitarian aid to enter venezuela. the press is waiting for self
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declared interim president one. he spearheading efforts to bring humanitarian aid into venezuela from colombia in defiance of the incumbent leader nicolas maduro. lynas women journalists. is here to cover this battle of wills the co-founder of online news site l b tonsil he's exposed corruption involving government and military leaders in doing so he's put himself at risk men from venezuela secret service mingle with the journalists they observe and photograph anyone and everyone because it's from here that why don't plans to set off with opposition m.p.'s on his aid mission. says our relays their every move to his staff at. the moment are there right now we can see one of the buses carrying lawmakers and the convoy heading to the colombian border would pass. the bar. a little bit cold for long.
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a twelve hour drive lies ahead of ses are in quite a convoy from the venezuelan capital caracas to the colombian border this road was once lined by huge fields of sugar cane but the late president hugo chavez expropriated millions of acres of farms and ranches because of government mismanagement the fields are no longer cultivated the country even has to import sugar. typical farms have been abandoned. all of the money that was invested here is lost. if we have neither the sugar cane that used to be cultivated here and gave a sugar nor do we have the vegetables that were supposed to be grown here to feed the venezuelan people. and as with. the result is
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a hunger crisis more than three million venezuelans have fled the country after syria it's the world's biggest refugee crisis. neither sees our bodies nor one quite knows convoy are making headway the road is closed. in a more. than a fortnight we have been stuck in this traffic jam for over an hour and the information we have is that the government so either the military or the police have parked a truck sideways across the other end of the cabrera tunnel to block the convoy from passing through point. believe it possible. to bypass the road block caesar and his driver turn around the bus carrying the lawmakers is stuck in the tunnel. way though we've had
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word that quite zero is in the black jeep cherokee ahead of us. now we're looking for an alternative route to reach the employees and the colombian border you know. but no matter what route say czar and his driver take the military is a step ahead it's blocked old side ramps. included a state there's a road block every three hundred meters we've never seen anything like it. will still make it and the humanitarian aid. get into venezuela. a police or military roadblock can remain in place for hours are has lost track of the convoy. the block the road.
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people's nerves are starting to fray. and you just want to go home a confrontation erupts with the national guard. and we complained because we wanted to continue our journey but i kept. we've been here for a long while and are tired after work. even if i was attacked by two female and two male soldiers split up my husband and my brother tried to defend me and were both arrested. but he did the rest which was my husband my brother and my seven year old son. and they haven't caught me at because i ask people here for help. but the situation in venezuela that people just accept it because we're all afraid because they attack us but it seems like
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a familiar to us and we just put up with it but i think that help at the back up. after twelve hours on the road says our hasn't even made it halfway to the venezuelan border city of san antonio he's starting to don't whether he'll reach his destination in time. but i will not be a downside until there's hope that you can sense the hope and the determination among all of the supporters the. they believe that the reached the border and they'll get the humanitarian aid. where is that what they're confronted by repressive forces trying to prevent that. little thing no talking about your things but if a government resorts to violence to stop the aid from coming into the country. dora
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knows this. then the international community could launch investigations going all the way to the international criminal court in the us is out of the benign but enough or not. the burning question is how will the venezuelan military react until now the generals have stood firmly behind nicolas maduro. lab environment bill you're going to military matter the armed forces are a pandora's box that hasn't yet been opened. to water coconuts. in the state of touch era which borders colombia long lines form at gas stations it's a paradox venezuela possesses the world's largest proven oil reserves and yet its
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refineries are dilapidated run by the military with no expertise venezuela has to import fuel yet here you can buy eight hundred liters of gas for the price of a bottle of mineral water because the state subsidizes gas. these q go see. their typical for the state. since gas is so cheap it's no wonder there's a brisk trade in smuggling gas to columbia. back to the. wharf that's why there are such long lines at the gas stations. in israel as military and colombia's yelling guerillas control the lucrative contraband fuel to. after thirty six hours three times longer than planned sales are reaches the seimone boulevard bridge on the border thousands cross it each day to buy things no longer available in venezuela or to escape the country altogether got out that you know over there
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we're going to throw it out or they will find out the you know the very best of. one million venezuelans have fled to neighboring colombia. that we have a problem with. others travel on from here to chile a room or ecuador she. plotted out without a lot of how much to the casino hotel. lots of pleasure pistols twelve that much. says our discovers that the lobby of this hotel is a good place to conduct research lots of good duros political opponents are in town . like louisa or take a diaz than israel is former prosecutor general in twenty seventeen she called nicolas maduro policies unconstitutional to escape arrest she fled to colombia with a suitcase full of incriminating documents she hopes they'll be used to bring
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charges of human rights violations against president maduro at the international criminal court in the hague. but i'm worried you know the beast from within my door as i'm chavez i'm the apparatus of power and you know it well and that in the past the government had lots of resources to overcome crises and why are you convinced madeira won't survive this one that they think no us i live in mouthing what officially. illegal they see that put it in line convinced because for the first time get all of venezuela's democratic powers are united on that route no it will say no this is no fight of the traditional opposition that was you know that is the last you know there is an office ition within shove islam itself to the. people who once believed in this project but don't anymore and so.
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volunteers are waiting at the colombian side of the border most are venezuelans they want to bring the aid which has been supplied by the us the e.u. and other countries into venezuela by human chain if necessary. this is listen eat breakfast quickly and then come to the tea and beat us bridge we'll be waiting for you then so eat and go there i embrace you because today's the day we must do all we can to free venezuela. it's not just about getting the aid through the scene we must free our country clinton. guide your. national. test just. come.
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to me that. i look at it and then look at it by solving it and all your needs yet we have many of. the very thought that we have any u.s. army that you know you sit on in they love it when it was young fellow for he trying to prevent thirty three this morning the humanitarian aid was officially handed over to one why don't the interim president of venezuela or where you. got at this moment he's in colombia giving a press conference together with the presidents of park y. and columbia and the secretary general of the organization of american states luis a mongrel and. they're calling on the venezuelan military to stop the violence and allow. humanitarian aid into the country by the faithful of your namesake at a meeting and get a solo money but. by letting the aid in the military would be sending a clear message that it recognizes why don't as interim leader by stopping the
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supplies at the border it would show it remains loyal to my daughter so there's far more at stake here than just a it's about the power of images and a showdown between two men who both claim to be venezuela's legitimate president but i don't what i'm arguing is that coming or going on that we've come as far as we can go on the bridge. and we can't go any further because the colombian police have cordoned it off putting. in clinton at the end of the bridge the containers and the tanker truck are blocking the entrance to the bridge. in c. microphone and they were opened on the truck we can see a camera person and a journalist who are looking over at our side. alone b.-a come our order for yet up and say must be waiting to see if something happens on this side of the colombian venezuelan border and i deal with that on the island said the. enough and there are
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a lot more in this one and a. little. on the colombian side of the last twenty two us international bridge all the cameras are pointed toward venezuela. but nothing happens when. there are. several hours pass and still nothing happens. but this is what the entrance to the attendee to bridge into that and looks like the dock i. could feel right can see the trucks carrying the humanitarian. aid and the people who were allowed a little money by the way to hold up the road where these trucks going by. car during under a limited number of taurine on
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a little over one of these trucks are now going to rain. in rain yet nizar on the venezuelan side of the santander bridge and it's over this bridge that the aid convoy wants to try to cross the border. but moments later one of the trucks goes up in flames here on the santander bridge an ultra cation erupts between demonstrators and venezuelan security forces if we're going to federalize here because they crossed the border line here between venezuela and columbia on this entente a bridge the tear gas attacks began like a mourner report it is for the do it more than still curious or not according to now there you can see lots of men throwing stones toward the venezuelan side at the lens angle. and it's yours and. there's no i can only go now but tear gas cartridge went off right next to the journalists he got not gone
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then i had just been fired i mean it was no no you better look on that i can prove that there are hopefully no one was hit that. you feel that certain it was tossed into the river right away but the smell still quite strong. was that i was almost throwing molotov cocktails careful not to think they could set fire to the truck that. the book. was there. no one here knows which side set the truck on fire or whether they did it on purpose or by accident. however while. i'm only a little bit i think i can see that a truck is going up in flames when i got out of the middle and the first truck that tried to cross the bridge shouted when they found under their quelling for my fear
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of killing them the thought of the people fighting here say it was the venezuelan police who set the truck on fire when in full view an audio going to fall on a killing fan the out all night and ever and the lot was a propaganda war rages in the media and social networks some blame a duro security forces and call for a military intervention in their eyes the burning truck is a symbol of materials flagrant violation of human rights others believe my door as opponents at the fire to discredit him but maybe it was simply an accident. by. some of the relief supplies on board can be salvaged off the tide. but on this day not a single aid package makes it across the border from colombia to venezuela. many people's hopes have been dashed that the military would switch sides.
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meanwhile in caracas president maduro announces that he is severing diplomatic relations with colombia and closing the borders between the two countries. it is close to. the border between venezuela and colombia has now been closed for two days but people are still crossing back and forth using what's known as truck just illegal trails that lead right through the river it's a dangerous route as the torch as. are controlled by criminal gangs anyone who wants to cross over here must pay.
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for the police and the military on both sides of the border simply look the other way. for the. our young venezuelan refugees have gathered under the border bridge some are still children they call themselves loud resistance yet the resistance to them adore all regime. i'm a person we didn't get through if they just smirked at us but he who laughs last laugh specificity you will be unable. and who will that be. good order from what i've read it looks like a military intervention is off the table. you know who lies and where your mind is on all this war and no one knows if why dole will return to venezuela today this.
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unruly seniors were on the tube. in la so the game still wide open. come out fight. fight. fight. fight. it the political candidate then i'm in the senate right now we're reporting from the cmon boley are bridge where the venezuelan national guard has advanced almost to the colombian border for nanda. the young people enter frustration at the venezuelan police on the other side of the bridge pelting them with stir. tones and steps. people are injured.
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that. it could as luck parata district right behind the border bridge the situation has remained calm many venezuelan refugees now live here some of the one million who've sought shelter in colombia. ok if you want to feel your hit your day get back out and i came here the people in this house helped me and for that i'm grateful that a family i mean the folks here like my family my soul candy is here lollipops cakes i will see the sundays i didn't sell a thing and couldn't pay my rent or went to bed hungry that angle or i didn't complain i didn't want to burden anyone that is up on the money from the left so i guess i know i come from an agricultural zone the tacl to name
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a valley the state of iowa it was once a very productive area with lots of small farms it was i'm a small farmer from there myself unfortunately i had to leave because we had nothing no seeds no fertilizer nothing instead we were dispossessed then lost the little we had left since the farm supply business okro patri it was nationalized agriculture in the entire area has ground to a halt and mr president use your common sense to look at how states and acknowledge the problems you've created because you are to blame for what we're going through because on the part of the comic books on the good good what do you think about what's happening now in the with the moment bill nye you know but you can't find corn meal in the supermarket what's that but you can find it on the black market as it is and there are cars. two or three times as much if you can check or option is a good booking that is corruption because who supplies the black market vendor.
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ok someone has to get him the goods that he sells is americans years of us want to look it up and yesterday does that affect you nothing and often is when it's not at all in his will and. will not us why he was once a political ally of hugo chavez but in two thousand and eight began to investigate corruption within the chavez family since then he's been arrested twice and tortured by the secret police we're going to get them going for according to the information we have i'll tell you across the board even the biggest idiot has a hundred million dollars why is the country in the state it is because of the corruption it's not the sanctions it's not donald trump. no it's because that stolen everything. and the state of venus but they have their stooges who hide the money of the ministers. well that's ministers to us where the government now. and the day will come when there will be justice in venezuela and many truths will be uncovered that we still know nothing about. the us. corruption is one of the
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root causes of the venezuelan crisis and of the countries frequent power outages seas are has uncovered cases of corruption in the nationalized energy sector and the question it could. take electricity. let me give you an example but to go. first the power grid grow old and decrepit. the second you declare an electricity crisis that the third of the crisis lets you award contracts without having to call for tenders for think this gives you the chance to hand out contracts to your friends to whom he was single with your friends help you can inflate prices. by the articles floated but as i say. you can also buy junk instead of new equipment. sippin seventh as
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a result people die because the power goes off in hospitals and the people in the hope that focusing on the new. the. we're getting is why did you leave why did you feel even as. the song. on the. eve. of. the crisis has also increased tensions with the world's major powers the us russia and china are pursuing their own interests it's about
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geopolitics and oil. just need us. to feel that difference in the past we did not think that. every minute in audio the first scenario is that maduro stays in power and rules over a land in ruins and the second scenario is that there's a transition and initiated by the minister whalen's themselves. that will result in deaths as well. so a coup executed by the military but with a transitional government in which civil authorities would also take part other than that of a set up once along looking for should there be a coup in such a scenario would be the most successful one. a scenario in which power doesn't all wind up with the military but with the government composed of the military and civilians by you. know the civil authorities that would be we don't know yet cynically that really sorry and the third scenario which i see as being the most
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likely one is a transition that's the result of an international military intervention. into. what you want to. order. people here. venezuela's fate no longer lies in the hands of venezuelans alone the outcome of this power struggle is still wide open. your way to feel good to have always said i want to perform my job as a journalist from the opposite side of the street. no that's where we always need to be but with another government. it's my duty to confront those in power to raise a critical voice regardless of which government is in power and that.
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saves our bodies is back in venezuela but the story doesn't end here one point zero has also returned the government and the opposition are calling on their supporters to take to the streets a week after caesar's return venezuela suffered a massive near total blackout that lasted five days it left twenty million people without drinking water or electricity and led to the deaths of dozens of patients in darkened hospitals.
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us a little south it's not easy to go to another country you know nothing about i don't do this because we can't stay in venezuela. that. closely global news that matters d.w. made for mines the floods have taken everything. now despair gutless climate refugees. they seek shelter. but. waters keep rising.
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the floods are coming. starts the twenty. this is g.w. news live from berlin tonight breaks it by the rules a decision that could be a fatal blow to prime minister to resign may's bright supplant the speaker of the house of commons and says the prime minister cannot put her withdrawal vote to a third vote unless she submits a substantially different plan the prime minister reportedly furious to ninth we'll go to our correspondents in london for the latest also coming up dutch police are
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