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turned into tragedy. that's not the reason at all this is not the kind of freedom that anyone. how did my heart become a gateway to islamist terror. until now the second i knew my city has personal. and exclusive reports from a destroyed city. philippines in the sights of i.r.s. starts april eleventh on d w. any kind of humanitarian aid has been turned into a spectacle to justify a military intervention. in fact they rate the it more by a twenty third will be the day of the humanitarian aid to enter venezuela. the press is waiting for self declared interim president one. he spearheading
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efforts to bring humanitarian aid into venezuela from colombia in defiance of the incumbent leader nicolas maduro. the news women journalists. is here to cover this battle of wills the co-founder of online news site l b times 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 on 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 in a convoy heading to the colombian border for. the bar. crawl along.
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a twelve hour drive lies ahead of sezar 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. yes if we have neither the sugar cane that used to be cultivated here and gave the sugar nor do we have the vegetables that were supposed to be grown here to feed the venezuelan people. over
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an issue that. the result is a hunger crisis more than three million venezuelans have fled the country after syria it's the world's biggest refugee crisis. neither season but no one quite knows convoy are making headway the road is closed . in a moment. they've 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. the lead of bothell. to bypass the road block caesar and his driver turn around the bus carrying the lawmakers is stuck in the tunnel. for
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a little while ago but we've had word that 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. but no matter what route sezar and his driver take the military is a step ahead it's blocked old side rooms. that included estate 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 sees or has lost track of the convoy. they say. but that's
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a lie the block the old. people's nerves are starting to fray. they just want to go home a confrontation erupts with the national guard. and we complained because we wanted to continue our journey i kept. we've been here for long while and are tired after work. i was attacked by two female and two male soldiers my husband and my brother tried to defend me and were both arrested. for going to the rest which was my husband my brother and my seven year old son. and they haven't caught me at it because i asked people here for help. but the situation in venezuela. people just accept it because we're all afraid because they
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attack us but it seems like a familiar to us and we just put up with it but i think about how the hell 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. i will not be a downside until there's hope that you can sense the hope and the determination among all of y. dos supporters the database the route they believe that they'll reach the border between and they'll get the humanitarian aid. awareness that what they're confronted by were oppressive forces trying to prevent that. battle for no good without ruining the cia but if a government resorts to violence to stop the aid from coming into the country. i
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want that nicolas maduro 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 that enough or not. the burning question is how will the venezuelan military briac until now the generals have stood firmly behind nicolas maduro. and remember you're going on there already met with the armed forces are a pandora's box that hasn't yet been opened. the 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 and here you can buy eight hundred liters of gas for the price of a bottle of mineral water because the state subsidizes gas. look at these q go see. their typical for this state. since gas is so cheap air it's no wonder there's a brisk trade in smuggling gas to colombia. that backed it up. with 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 i don't know that they're over
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there where they want to go without or they will find out do you know the rest of. the one million venezuelans have fled to neighboring colombia. have a valid. others travel on from here to chile a room or epidaurus it. out without the how much to the casino hotel. but the well paid twelve that much. says are 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 d.m. has been 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 o'connell fulcrum where you know the beast from within my door is i'm shocked as 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 in the why are you convinced madeira won't survive this one that they think no i live in a facility. so he called me see that put it in the i'm convinced because you for the first time get all of venezuela's democratic powers are united in that who took notice of the this is no fight of the traditional opposition that was shown that he said that you know there's an office ition within share of islam itself to the spot . 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. winning this is listen eat breakfast quickly and then come to the t.m.v. to 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 you see it's not just about getting the aid through the scene we must free our country. guide you. she. asked.
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me to go down and out. i don't know but they did look at it by signing it and though your days are here many of us i doubt they thought you. said one in a louder that would reduce the problem for a good thing and then thirty three this morning the humanitarian aid was officially handed over to one why don't the interim president of venezuela where you. got at this moment he's in colombia giving a press conference together with the presidents of park y. and colombia and the secretary general of the organization of american states luis almagro. they're calling on the venezuelan military to stop the violence and allow. humanitarian aid into the country proud again say fill out your name faith at a meeting and get its oil 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 mudra so there's far more at stake here than just aid 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 like the marking. 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 and then in seem like a film and they go overboard on the truck we can see a camera person and a journalist who are looking over at our side. alone overcome our order for yet up at the same must be waiting to see if something happens on this side of the colombian venezuelan border and i do with that i'm going to lie and said there.
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are no more and as i learn a. lot. on the colombian side of the last hindi to 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 it and looks like the guy who pulled up football right can see the trucks carrying the humanitarian. aid and the people who follow the money not only the robin hood where these trucks going by. car for her.
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to ordain yellow bar to these trucks are now going to order a new. ukrainian nice one the venezuelan side of the sand tender 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 they crossed the border line here between venezuela and columbia on this entente a bridge the tear gas attacks began looking more into the port it is filled with the water that still curious or not before and now you can see lots of men throwing stones toward the venezuelan side of the lens and go near it i like and if you're not and that was there i can only go now but tear gas cartridge went off right next to the journalists not god that i had just been fired it was no no you better look
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on the ice and put up their own hopefully no one was hit. any philosophical and it was tossed into the river right away but the smell still quite strong. and i don't know how in the throwing molotov cocktails careful not to think they could set fire to the truck that. was. no one here knows which side set the truck on fire or whether they did it on purpose or by accident them. hello. i'm only a little bit and i think we can see that a truck is going up in flames when i got out of the middle at the first truck that tried to cross the bridge when they found under their quelling for matthew and kill
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them up until the people fighting here say it was the venezuelan police who set the truck on fire well unfortunately i'm going to file an appeal on anything the adult ever done and if i am going to have a propaganda war rages in the media and social net max some blame a duro security forces and call for a military intervention in their eyes the burning truck as a symbol of my duros flagrant violation of human rights others believe my door as opponents set the fire to discredit him but maybe it was simply an accident. was five. some of the relief supplies on board can be salvaged ah. 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 would duro announces that he is severing diplomatic relations with colombia and closing the borders between the two countries. of. 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 us illegal trails that lead right through the river it's a dangerous route as they torch us. are controlled by criminal gangs anyone who wants to cross over here must pay.
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for the police and military on both sides of the border simply look the other way. or the. our young venezuelan refugees have gathered under the border bridge some are still children they call themselves the resistance yeah the resistance to the majeure a regime. we mustn't we didn't get through because they just smirked at us but he who laughs last last specificity you will give me. and who will that be. good order some of us read it looks like a military intervention is off the table. you know who as it were norman is on my own as well and no one knows if why dole will return to venezuela today this.
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unruly seniors will only have to. and was willing game still wide open. to. come out fight. that fight. and if the men go to canada then i'm in the senate right now we're reporting from the cmon bully our bridge where the venezuelan national guard has advanced almost to the colombian border or down there. the young people center frustration at the venezuelan police on the other side of the bridge pelting them with. tones and steps people are injured.
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but. it could as luck karada 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 day get back out and i came here the people in this house helped me and for that i'm grateful but a family i mean the folks here like my family my soul candies here lollipops cakes for us i was in some ways i didn't sell a thing and couldn't pay my rent or went to bed hungry at the end of what i didn't complain i didn't want to burden anyone i think about only for the left thank you last one i guess and i come from an agricultural zone the ticket to name
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a valley the state a lot of. 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 and lost the little we had left since the farm supply business okro pa trail was nationalized agriculture in the entire area has ground to a halt mr president use your common sense look at our states and acknowledge the problems you've created because you are to blame for what we're going through a compass on the part of the democrats on the good good what do you think about what's happening now with the moment united up 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 harm as it is that corruption 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 as americans as a result of a couple and yes again does that affect you nothing in all of it is one of the stuck up little innocent. wilmar 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 to get them out of or 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 oh yvonne duca no it's because that stolen everything. and the state of venus 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
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the root causes of the venezuelan crisis and of the countries frequent power outages sezar has uncovered cases of corruption in the nationalized energy sector. in the question of critical. take a look. let me give you an example. first of all the power grid grow old and decrepit. and second you declare an electricity crisis at the third the crisis lets you award contracts without having to call for tenders fourth this gives you the chance to hand out contracts to your friends. with your friends help you can inflate prices. you can also buy junk instead of new equipment. still the seventh as
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a result people die because the power goes off in hospitals and the people in the hope done focusing on. the. we're getting hit is why did you leave why did you feel even as. the. 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 geopolitics and oil. and the
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you. just need us. to feel that that person 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 to an area is that there's a transition and initiated by the minister whalen's themselves. that will result in deaths. to silicon who executed by the military but with the transitional government in which civil authorities would also take part other than the good of the cia to force a lot kingfish 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 a government composed of the military and civilians by you. know the civil authorities that would be we don't know yet cynical me that guessing really sorry
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and the third scenario which i see as being the most likely one thing is a transition that's the result of an international military intervention and since you are not interested in that mission at. what you want to. order. people here to. 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 freedom to play always said i want to perform my job as a journalist from the opposite side of the street. know 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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