Under the slogan “yes you can, yes you can”, the President (e) of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, was received in the popular market of Ruiz Pineda, in western Caracas. Informal merchants and citizens accompanied him during his tour that lasted more than an hour.
At approximately 9.00 am he arrived at the market from where he said that the emergency in which the country is in “is more than evident” when for example an egg carton (30 eggs) costs 90 thousand bolivars, that is, twice the minimum wage.
“We are in Ruiz Pineda, in the heart of western Caracas. We are in an emergency and that is why I am personally looking for Venezuelans to invite them to join the fight because the when is it going to depend on today, what we do and exercise with strength. The regime wants to show that this is a struggle for power, no, definitely this fight is to live with dignity.”
He also rejected that currently Venezuelan children are forced to work and drop out of school to survive in this unprecedented crisis in Venezuela.
He cited as an example, the case of children and adolescents in the Mañonga sector, in his home state of Vargas, who transport water in a cart for more than 10 kilometers to sell it and at least buy half a kilo of bread.
“We cannot allow our children to decide to go to reel water, instead of studying. Those chamos that transport water between eight and 12 kilometers in Mañonga must be trained to be engineers and bring that water to that or any community by pipe”.
He said that some dropped out of school to “survive”, suffer and endure this tragedy. He indicated that the challenge is to create conditions so that children do not leave school to go to work.
The President in charge of Venezuela came to the popular market by surprise and immediately the word spread: “it’s Guaidó, it’s Guaidó”, citizens approached him to express their support, to take pictures and to bless him.
“God bless you son, you are hope. God bless you”, said a grandmother who was on the site trying to see what she could buy with the pension of 40 thousand bolivars (two dollars).
The Chacao market was the second visited by President (e) Guaidó on Saturday. There he was also received effusively by those who work on the site and by the clientele.
In his statements to national and international media he said that the regime does not dare to face the people.
“The political electoral tourism of the regime has not worked, not even a peanut bag was brought to Miraflores. The only thing left of the regime’s political tourism was the Miraflores’ bag.”
He noted that there have been “great political and diplomatic victories”, but it is not enough and it cannot be said that “we did it, that we won when we see children moving water for kilometers instead of going to study”.
“When we never again see a child asking for food, when he never again he decides to work instead of studying, we can say we won. Today is not enough and we know it, we recognize the mistakes we have made, but we are here to correct them and to move forward with our people.”