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Peruvian President Thanks Trump for Humanitarian Aid, in Wake of Massive Flooding

By: Karina Martín - Apr 5, 2017, 1:00 pm
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PPK thanked Donald Trump for his help after the floods that struck Peru (flickr).

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Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) said he was grateful to his US counterpart, Donald Trump, for his help during the floods that have devastated Peru.

PPK said that Trump called him to offer his help during the massive rains, floods, and landslides that have dramatically affected the north of the country.

Likewise, PPK stated that just as he requested, the Republican president will send two Hercules cargo planes that will arrive on the night of Wednesday April 5.

“I asked him for two Hercules cargo planes, which will arrive tonight. Thank you USA and President Donald Trump for your help.”

The United States has already sent ten helicopters and one plane to work in the areas of the country most affected by the damage. In addition, the US government collaborated with USD $1.5 million.

According to a statement issued by the White House on Monday, April 3, Trump also offered his condolences “for the recent tragic loss of life and for the devastation in Peru due to floods and landslides.”

 

In Peru, the non-stop rainfall has left a total of 106 people dead, 9 missing, 353 injured, 140,000 with serious material losses and at least 960,000 affected, so far.

Local authorities estimate that the storms and landslides have damaged 205,640 homes.

The embassies of Peru and its consulates worldwide, published information regarding how to make contributions for the civilians affected by the catastrophe.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a list of 35 countries where economic support is being collected.

The South American countries included are Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina. But nations across Europe and North America are also participating.

Heavy rains in South America were also the cause of the recent devastating flooding and landslides in Mocoa, Putumayo, located in southwestern Colombia.

Sources: El Comercio; Perú21

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Venezuela Enraged after El Sistema Musician Brutally Beaten by Police

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 5, 2017, 12:25 pm
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EspañolVenezuela enraged after El Sistema musician brutally beaten by police: While the opposition marched in Caracas, a musician was on his way to rehearse with the symphony. However, he never made it because he was brutally beaten by the police even though the only "weapon" he had was his musical instrument. His name is Frederick Pinto. He is 22-years-old and a member of the Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Chacao Theater. For no reason, he was detained and beaten by the National Bolivarian Police (PNB). Read More: Venezuela's Top Court Shuts Down Parliament, Hijacks Legislative Powers Read More: Why There Are No Easy Solutions for Venezuela as Maduro Drives the Country to the Brink of Disaster A videos shows how the musician was carrying his instrument while screaming, "I am musician, I am musician". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42aZFEnmgdY Due to his detention, a concert that had been scheduled for today was canceled. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The mayor of Chacao, Ramón Muchacho, reported that the musician's whereabouts were unknown for hours, but he was finally released on Tuesday. Pinto's arrest was not the only one that took place this Tuesday during the opposition's protests in Caracas. According to the director of the Venezuelan Penal Forum, Alfredo Romero, there are still 14 people under arrest. https://twitter.com/alfredoromero/status/849597588236111872 Brutal beatings that go unpunished The musician's beating was not the only event that was caught on tape, as several flagrant human rights violations were registered on Tuesday and in all cases remain unpunished. Another video that was shared on social media networks in Venezuela shows how a group of policemen repressed the opposition protest, beating a woman who was part of the demonstration. The guards left her lying on the ground. https://twitter.com/Yusnaby/status/849351640440344576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fes.panampost.com%2Fpanam-staff%2F2017%2F04%2F04%2Fblog%2F Tweet: It's not Syria, it's Venezuela, this is how the police brutally beat protestors, nearly killing him, while they thought no one was eatching. At least five member of Parliament were injured during the protests due to police brutality. Congressman Juan Guaido was assaulted during the demonstration, while Richard Blanco was hospitalized because police officers threw tear gas at his face. Another beating that has remained unpunished was perpetrated by officials of the Bolivarian National Guard against Caracol Radio news reporter, Elingelica González. With no prior explanation, policemen beat her on the ground while she was doing her job as a reporter, defenseless. https://twitter.com/TemplarioResisT/status/847928763023228933 Tweet: 10 GNB policemen brutally beat Caracol Radio news reporter Elyangelica Gonzalez. That same day, the opposition member of Parliament Juan Requesens was brutally injured by groups that support the ruling party. A glass bottle was broken over his face, which required 50 stitches. https://twitter.com/NTN24ve/status/849340519415197696 Tweet: Who is the leader of these violent groups that attak members of congress and opposition leaders?

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