BILLIONAIRE Richard Branson has decided to take the current Venezuelan crisis into his own hands and organise a benefit concert in efforts to raise money.
But what exactly is Aid Live and what has Roger Waters said about it? Here’s the latest.
Rex Features Branson plans to raise $100 million within the next two months, so that humanitarian aid can be delivered to those in need
What is Richard Branson’s Venezuela Aid Live?
Richard Branson has announced that he is planning to organise a “Live Aid”-style benefit concert on Friday amid Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis.
He plans to raise $100 million within the next two months, so that humanitarian aid can be delivered to those in need.
The decision comes after millions of Venezuelans have been driven out of the country, with citizens facing shortages of basic goods such as medicine and food.
Earlier this month, Venezuela planned to sell 29 tonnes of gold held in Caracas to the UAE by February in order to afford imports of basic goods, according to a source.
Speaking to AP, Branson said that the that he hopes the concert he is throwing will save lives by raising money for “much-needed medical help” for crisis-torn Venezuela, which is suffering from hyperinflation and widespread shortages of food and medicine.
Up to 300,000 people are expected to attend Friday’s concert featuring Spanish-French singer Manu Chao, Mexican band Mana, Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz and Dominican artist Juan Luis Guerra.
Branson said that it is not funded by any government and that all the artists are performing for free.
Getty – Contributor Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters has warned Richard Branson to ‘back off’ in efforts to raise money
What has Roger Waters said about it?
Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters has warned Richard Branson to “back off” in efforts to raise money, telling the entrepreneur that it has “nothing to do with their needs.”
Waters took to social media to express his strong opinion on the matter.
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In a video, he said: “Even if you listen to their shtick, it has nothing to do with humanitarian aid at all. It has to do with Richard Branson – and I’m not surprised by this – having bought the U.S. saying, ‘We have decided to take over Venezuela, for whatever our reasons may be.’
“But it has nothing to do with the needs of the Venezuelan people, it has nothing to do with democracy, it has nothing to do with freedom, and it has nothing to do with aid.”