Pink Floyd singer hits out at Branson's Venezuela aid concert

Roger Waters

Caracas — Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters hit out at Richard Branson on Tuesday over plans to hold a humanitarian aid concert to benefit Venezuelans suffering from shortages of food and medicines.

Branson announced last week he is organizing a fundraising concert in Colombia on Friday featuring stars such as former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel to raise "$100 million" for "those millions that need it the most."

But Waters said Branson had been fooled by a US "shtick."

"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," said the British singer-songwriter in a Twitter video that was shown on Venezuelan state television.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says 300,000 Venezuelans could die without the desperately needed aid currently stockpiled in Colombia, close to the border with Venezuela where Branson plans to stage his concert.

In response to Branson's Venezuela Live Aid concert, Venezuelan government has announced its own two-day musical extravaganza starting on Friday on a border bridge between Colombia and Venezuela. — AFP