Maduro Uses Food As a Political Weapon: Pompeo

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, accused Venezuela's president Nicolás Maduro this day of using food as a "political weapon."

"While the United States grants millions of dollars in aid, Maduro uses food as a political weapon"

He noted that more than 90 percent of Venezuelans cannot obtain what is necessary to cover their most basic food needs amid the social, political, economic and humanitarian crisis that the South American nation is experiencing.

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In a message through the social network Twitter, Pompeo said that "more than 280 million people suffer from chronic hunger, including 94 percent of Venezuelans who cannot meet daily food needs. Venezuelans refer to this as the 'Maduro diet' ".

More than 280 million people suffer from chronic hunger, including 94% of Venezuelans unable to cover daily food needs. Venezuelans refer to this as the “Maduro diet.” While the U.S. gives millions of $ in aid, Maduro uses food as a political weapon. #MaduroMustGo

#WorldFoodDay pic.twitter.com/YWV3VroEDO

– Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo)
October 16, 2019

"While the United States grants millions of dollars in aid, Maduro uses food as a political weapon," the secretary of state said in a video posted on his Twitter account.

"Maduro forces Venezuelans to choose between food and freedom," the official added, according to the public service of radio and television WABNEWS.

In the video a woman is heard in which she warns about the obligation to sign a document to obtain the communal boxes that the authorities deliver as part of the initiative known as the Local Supply and Production Committee (CLAP).

Another woman is also heard saying: "Head of the family who does not sign because the benefit of the CLAP bag will not be dispatched".

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