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Do you Know what is happening in Venezuela? This is what is happening. This is what has been happening during a week. The students have been protesting in a pacific way against the repressive and tyrant government that we have since 1999 (yes, 15 years living with insecurity, food and medicine shortages, deprivation of liberty, and media blackout) and what is the police and the army doing? Beating us, shooting us, and recently some students were condemned to jail for 13 years!! For what crime? For claiming justice and democracy. Please, share this post, the world needs to know.

#PrayForVenezuela

#SOSVenezuela

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I’ll like everyone to know what is happening right now in my country. But i think the pics and facts speak by themselves.

We are fighting with pacifist protest agains’t a corrupt government that have been controlling us for 15 years, but 3 students die yesterday during the protest and there are a lot of people who is hurt by the national army.

There are shortage of food and any product you can think about, a lot of unsolved murders, violations and stealing. There’s no law or justice for us. We are pretty close to a civil war. But we are no afraid, its time for a change.

And sorry for my english but i hope you all can understand me. And please reblog this so more people can know what is really happening, because any channel in my country is allowed to show what its really happening because the government control the national media as well. This is a dictatorship. So please, PLEASE HELP US. I’m no religious but if you are please pray for us.

Your country supports it’s fundamental for mine. So thank you for any kind of help. And again, I’m sorry about my english.



Me gustaría que todo el mundo sepa lo que está pasando en mi país, pero creo que las imagenes y los hechos hablan por si solos.

Estamos luchando mediante protestas pacificas contra un gobierno corrupto que nos ha controlado durante 15 años, pero 3 estudiantes murieron ayer y hay mucha gente herida por la guardia nacional.

Hay escasez de comida y de cualquier producto que te puedas imaginar. Una enorme cantidad de asesinatos, robos, violaciones y secuestros sin solucionar. No hay leyes, ni justicia, y estamos muy cerca de una guerra civil. Pero no estamos asustados, ya es tiempo de un cambio.

Por favor den reblog a esto y así mas gente puede saberlo, ya que en mi país ningún canal tiene permitido mostrar lo que verdaderamente esta pasando, ya que el gobierno también controla los medios de comunicación nacionales. Esto es una dictadura. Asi que por favor, POR FAVOR, AYUDANOS. No soy una persona religiosa, pero si tú lo eres, te pido de corazón que por favor reces por mi país.

El apoyo de tú país es fundamental para el mío. El apoyo de tú persona es fundamental para la mía. Así que gracias por cualquier tipo de ayuda.

i’m not entirely sure how many of my followers are aware of the situation in Venezuela right now, but i need everyone to listen up.

“there have been peaceful protests going on for over a week now that quickly turned violent when a student was killed. since then, many more have been killed, injured, jailed, tortured, and abused.

the government is using the national guard in order to violently retaliate against protesters. they are breaking into buildings and going into people’s homes. they are shooting into buildings. they are using tear gas. they are using grenades. they are using firearms. 

the protesters are not armed. they continue to peacefully flood the streets (and i do mean flood—they are taking up major highways and streets ALL over the country) in order to continue protesting the regime they are living under. the entire country is at a standstill. 

the opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez, was arrested yesterday and is facing charges for murder, terrorism, and arson. the president, Nicolas Maduro, has also issued out arrest orders for anyone who continues protesting. just like in the united states, the venezuelan constitution outlines the right to assemble as a basic constitutional right. this right, along many others, are not being upheld. 

it doesn’t stop there. the government has also started to block all internet connections—people have no access to the internet and therefore cannot continue documenting the atrocities that are currently going on. they are taking down videos that civilians have been posting of the national guard firing at other civilians or brutally attacking them. they are blocking facebook, twitter, instagram, and any other social media accounts that people are using in order to spread the word. the country is facing such scarcity that even the national newspaper cannot report what is occurring as they have no paper to print the newspaper on.

not very many international news outlets are documenting what is happening because they simply have little to no clue about what is going on. some have just started reporting on these events today. 

that’s where you all come in.

if you’ve gotten up to this point and still have no idea what i’m talking about, simply type “#SOSVenezuela” or “#PrayForVenezuela” into any search bar (Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr—you name it, it’s going to show up). see for yourself what is happening in the country. 

by simply reblogging, retweeting, reposting, liking/sharing someone’s status, you will be helping to spread the word. the more people become aware, the faster we can end this.

the venezuelan people have grown tired of living under such an incompetent and oppressive government and it is time that the international community get involved. 

listen, guys. this is very important to me as venezuela is my home country. i, too, have been subject to the oppression of the government and have experienced first-hand what they can do. in the ten years that i have been in the united states, the situation in venezuela has only worsened. thankfully, my family was able to escape, but i still have relatives there and i worry very much for their safety.”

thank you and please reblog<3

(credit to http://queen-maryangel.tumblr.com for the information)

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What has been happening in Veneuzela this past week has be highly under-reported by the international media, while national media in VZ has been all but crushed. People have been forced to rely on Twitter and Youtube, but Twitter reported on Friday that the VZ government has now blocked the upload of pictures onto twitter, further increasing the media black-out. 

Most international media outlets are only really reporting the spectacle of the protests and that 2-3 deaths have occurred, but with no in-depth details on the political and social context that lead to these protests. Beyond a cursory sentence ‘they are protesting food shortages and crime’ not much else is being said. I would love to link to at least one article that does a more objective job describing the situation, but I can’t find one, so I’m cobbling together a few reports here. 

The political motivations, and the way in which the opposition is using the protests against the existing government is very complex.

However the main motivation behind these protests is food/product shortages for very basic things like flour, milk and toilet paper. People may wait weeks to attain such things, or wait hours in line after searching multiple grocery stores. Such a situation has been enabled by the fact that the country also has the highest inflation rate in the region at 56.2% in 2013, according to official figures. Venezuela’s price controls require staple goods be sold at fixed rates that are at times below production cost, which often leaves them scarce because of the reduced incentive for companies to make or import them. Additionally, such shortages have continually been used to further political interests, putting every day people in the middle. 

I think there is two reasons, one economic and one political …. On the economic side, it was well known that there was a devaluation right after the elections and at the same time there was a process of getting rid of one of the exchange mechanisms …. The other factor is more political, there has been a tradition or history of shortages around the elections time, there are some politically motivated importers who want the government to look bad and therefore slowdown the process of imports.”

- Greory Wilpert, an editor of venezuelaanalysis.com

Such shortages even extended to a newsprint, a  crisis that caused nine regional newspapers to closed in Venezuela since 2013, according to the local journalism watchdog Public Space.

The spiralling crime problems in the country are the second main motivator for these protests. VZ holds one of the highest murder rates in the world, having more deaths per year then Iraq or other countries at war. The Venezuelan Violence Observatory estimates that 24,763 killings occurred this year [2013], pushing up the homicide rate to 79 per 100,000 inhabitants. It was 73 per 100,000 people in 2012. In 1998, the rate was 19. 

Venezuela’s government has gradually blocked access to murder statistics as violent crime has worsened the past decade. The above  report was compiled by researchers based on press reports, victim surveys and comments by officials.

Venezuela’s spiralling crime problem has a number of underlying causes: they include easy access to illegal weapons, a corrupt and overstretched judicial system, poorly trained and ill-equipped police, and the most violent prison system in the region. But most experts agree that sheer impunity is at the heart of it. More than 90% of murders go unpunished, and in the vast majority of cases the police make no arrests and cases languish uninvestigated.

With the seizure by the government of the free press, the demonstration and its aftermath were left largely uncovered. The only TV channel showing the protests was international channel NTN24, which was later blocked by the government. Even the press conference held by the opposition leaders, which usually would have been broadcast on every channel, was held in semi-secrecy, attended only by foreign correspondents. William Castillo, president of the Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (National Telecommunications Comission), asked through his Twitter account to “respect the Venezuelan people.” But his plea was not answered, and Venezuelans could count only on YouTube to show what was happening in their own country.

Embedded below is the main video circulating the internet, attempting to document and describe the current situation. 

image sources: 

http://felipestf.tumblr.com/post/76695526871/venezuela-14-02-2014

http://felipestf.tumblr.com/post/76576022593/venezuela-13-02-2014

http://theheadandthemusic.tumblr.com/post/76660308488/venezuelan-protests-happening-right-now-hundreds

& Twitter.

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3. What happened to Venezuela? What else? (x)

6. What about the protests? That’s nothing new, is it? (x)

Additional Links:

These are just a few I could find in the past 5 minutes. Please feel free to add your own links! 

UPDATED!

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A Venezuelan protester poses for a portrait at Altamira square in Caracas.

Estos son los estudiantes, que sin armas, protestan en Altamira, municipio Chacao, contra el gobierno de Nicolás Maduro, Jóvenes que luchan y arriesgan sus vidas por un país mejor. Ellos son a quienes Maduro acusa de violentos y de atacar a los funcionarios de la fuerza pública.

“Le voy a dar unas horas apenas a los ‘chuckies’ , a los asesinos, que tienen tomada la plaza Altamira y la avenida Francisco de Miranda y si no se retiran voy a ir a liberar esos espacios con la fuerza pública”, dijo este sábado el presidente Nicolás Maduro en un acto con militares.

Y estos son los muchachos “armados” de coraje, y que podemos ver en estas fotos de Jorge Silva, de la agencia Reuters.

 

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Dramatic Photos of Anti-Government Protests in Venezuela (April 1, 2014)

Caracas-based freelance photographer Carlos Becerra’s photographs of the ongoing Venezuelan anti-government protests provide an eye-opening look at the waves of chaos, violence, and destruction that have swept over the nation. In these shocking images, protestors and security forces alike are seen running through the burning streets of the capital, with many protestors wearing gas masks and carrying crudely assembled shields in an effort to survive what has become a life-or-death situation for many.

The first image above, depicting a young protestor looking straight into the camera while flames illuminate the wreckage and crowds behind him, lends a face of humanity to the protests, which are unknown to many people around the world. The civil unrest, which erupted in early February, is said to protest the high levels of criminal violence, inflation, and chronic scarcity of basic goods in Venezuela—problems that are largely blamed on the government. President Nicolás Maduro’s aggressive response and the brutality of security forces have only fanned the flames, creating an even more impassioned protest against the government in what is now being called the “Venezuelan Spring.”

Text by Jenny Zhang, My Modern Met

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Las protestas en el lente de Carlos Becerra // #Fotoperiodismo en #ImagoMundi

Carlos Becerra es un fotógrafo independiente venezolano, formado en el Taller de Fotografía de Roberto Mata. Ha seguido de cerca los sucesos de 2014 en Venezuela y sus imágenes sobre las protestas y los enfrentamientos han sido publicadas por diversos medios y organismos a nivel internacional. Parte de su trabajo ha sido publicado por Amnistía Internacional, CNN, Washington Post, The Guardian, entre otros. 

Right here is the picture of the day. This man sacrificed himself, leaving his wife and children, saying “If my imprisonment will awaken the people, then it will be worth”. For those who don’t know, this is the man who finally spoke out loud and gave strength and support to this country to raise its voice, Leopoldo Lopez, ex Presidential Candidate. As he said to the people to go out and protest for your rights, which is totally legal in Venezuela, the government’s response was to look for him and arrest him because he had “encouraged violence”, calling him a "murderer”. Leopoldo walked through the people, said goodbye to his wife and handed himself to the authorities because he had nothing to fear. He defended us. We call him today’s hero.

That’s the difference between both sides of this war; we may all be looking for peace, but at least we do something rational that might lead us to it.