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Viral Protest Video in Venezuela Leads to Creators’ Arrests

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Sep 30, 2016, 2:45 pm
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The video was reportedly intended to incite rebellion. (Facebook)

EspañolLast Saturday, September 15, the political party Primero Justicia in Venezuela published a video expressing its anger at President Nicolás Maduro’s adminstration, which resulted in multiple arrests.

According to Venezuelan journalist and producer for Telemundo Alberto Rodríguez, the video shows the daughter of a military official who texts her father about not having any food or water. This resulted in a wave of political repression.

In the video, the daughter writes various messages saying, “mom is still doing bad and has run out of pills” while claiming other people are going through a similar situation.

According to Rodríguez, the producers of the video are Marco Trejo, César Cuellar and James Mathison, who were arrested days after its release.

Rodríguez said they were detained in Caracas and are going through military court. He said they made the video to “incite rebellion” and that prosecutors want to put them in prison for 15 years.

The Law School at the Metropolitan University said on Twitter that opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski and Mayor of Sucre Andrés Eloy Moreno Febres-Cordero continue to be sought after by Venezuelan intelligence for allegedly having worked on the videos as well.

It added that Andrés Eloy Moreno is accused of “being part of the production team that made the protest video.”

 

Orlando Avendaño Orlando Avendaño

Orlando Avendaño is a PanAm Post intern who resides in Caracas, Venezuela, where he studies social communication at Andrés Bello Catholic University. Follow @OrlvndoA.