Meet the Journalist: Nadja Drost on Venezuela's Political Crisis

Meet the Journalist: Nadja Drost on Venezuela's Political Crisis



over the past several years Venezuela has been defending into a deepening political social and economic crisis and with the continued support of the Pulitzer Center myself and Bruno Federico who is on the other side of the lens have been reporting from Venezuela on various aspects of the crisis but in January Venezuela was suddenly thrown into what is possibly its biggest political crisis in recent memory upon the inauguration of President Nicolas Maduro renewed term opposition politicians decided to not recognize Maduro as the country's legitimate president claiming the elections had been fraudulent and on January 23rd opposition politician Huang Widow who is also the president of the opposition led National Assembly stood up in front of hundreds of thousands of demonstrators and self-proclaimed the presidency to Venezuela hundreds of thousands hit the streets in Caracas and across the country to throw their support behind why though who was posing the biggest threat yet to the Maduro government and within days over 50 countries led by the united states had recognized why though and not Maduro as as Venezuela's legitimate president Bruno and I went to Venezuela with the support of the Pulitzer Center to produce a series of reports for the PBS news hour about this pivotal moment in the country on the brink of change we spoke to Venezuelans who decided to go for guai though not necessarily because they knew him very well but because he was anybody but Maduro or because he was presenting a viable alternative finally managing to unify what has traditionally been a fairly fragmented opposition we interviewed why though himself questioning him about how exactly he planned to oust Maduro amidst all of the coverage about Venezuela there was very little being said about the sector of the who still supports the government and chavismo the brand of socialism created by madhu rose predecessor ex-president google Chavez we wanted to find out how are they confronting what is the biggest threat yet to chavismo into the government and what are their fears about what an opposition led government could mean for them what are they afraid of losing one may not necessarily agree with their views but given that the sector of the population does exist and they passionately defend their government we felt it important to understand their views lastly we examined a large scale operation designed by the opposition to bring in aid donated by the United States government overland from Colombia in to Venezuela we took a look as to how this aid went from being of a humanitarian nature to a political tool of the Opposition in their efforts to oust Maduro we traveled to the border region of venezuela with colombia and witnessed have this risky operation of trying to force aid across very narrow border bridges was set up for violent confrontation and how indeed the fight for aid quickly turned violent we hope that you will check out this series of reports for the PBS news hour with the support of the pulitzer center available on both of their websites

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