Venezuela Enraged after El Sistema Musician Brutally Beaten by Police

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 5, 2017, 12:25 pm
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A video shows how the musician was carrying his instrument while screaming, “I’m a musician, I’m a musician,” (Twitter)

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).

A videos shows how the musician was carrying his instrument while screaming, “I am musician, I am musician”.

Due to his detention, a concert that had been scheduled for today was canceled.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tweet: Who is the leader of these violent groups that attak members of congress and opposition leaders?

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Cabify Offers Free Rides to Help Colombia’s Avalanche Victims

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Apr 5, 2017, 12:16 pm

Cabifiy, the digital ride-sharing company which operates as Uber's main competitor in Colombia, announced that it will provide free transportation for citizens in Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Barranquilla if the purpose of their trip is to take donations to the victims of the avalanche in Mocoa, a city located in the southwest of the country. The avalanche swept away buildings and houses last Saturday, April 1 before dawn. So far, more than 270 people have died and more than 200 are wounded. In order obtain the free trip, Cabify users have to request the service through the application and pick as a destination one of the six points where aid for Mocoa is being collected. The service will automatically be free. It includes a round trip to deliver supplies and then return home or back to work. Camilo Sarasti, head of Cabify in Colombia, told Colombian daily El Espectador that: The user requests a service in (Cabify's) Lite category and indicates in the destination the center where they want to send their donation. Once the vehicle arrives, they go to the selected center and the user exits the vehicle to deliver their donation. Since its in downtown, you can request another Cabify service to return and that route will also be free. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Cabify's free donation service is enabled on the 4th and 5th of April. The aid will be received by the Red Cross, the Colombian military, and other institutions which President Juan Manuel Santos has certified. The main donations needed in Mocoa are: toiletries, kitchen kits, mats, blankets, outerwear, new underwear for both children and adults, diapers, and non-perishable foods. These are the locations where you can take donations with Cabify for free   Bogota 1) Cantón norte: Street 102 # 7-80. 2) Red Cross Aquatic Rescue Center: Carrera 60 #63-81. 3) Red Cross, Carrera 68 #68b-31. Cali 1) Risk Management Secretariat: 8th Street # 5-70. 2) Cali Archdiocese Food Bank: 24th Street # 6-103. 3) Colombian Civil Defense: 3C North Avenue # 63-00, La Flora Neighborhood. Barranquilla 1) Atlantic Sectional Civil Defense: Carrera 41 # 58 - 10. 2) Second Brigade: 58th Street # 59-136. 3) Red Cross Atlantic Sectional: 65-34-33. Medellin 1) Fourth Brigade Medellin: 50th street No.76 -126, Los Colores Neighborhood. 2) Red Cross Antioquia Sectional: Carrera 52 N. 25-310, Guayabal Avenue. Source: El Espectador

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