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Fearless Venezuelans: Protester Undresses, Climbs Tank and Requests Ceasefire

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 21, 2017, 1:56 pm
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“Please don’t fire more bombs! No more please, no more!” screamed the young man whose back was full of pellet wounds. (@YeraldinFerrer)

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In Venezuela, an opposition protester decided to undress and climb a tank to ask officials to stop the brutal repression.

“Please don’t fire more bombs…no more, please no more!” shouted the young man whose back was full of pellet wounds.

The brave man decided to confront the guards naked, with a Bible in his hand, to prove that he was unarmed, and ask them in a peaceful way to stop firing at the demonstration.

The more he demanded that the repression cease, the more he was beaten and shot.

Tweet: Protester undressed and climbed a tank on Francisco Fajardo Avenue and was shot with pellets.

Tweet: Young man undresses to request an end to repression. Response: tear gas and pellets.

Venezuelans are losing their fear to confront their government, in the face of so much repression by the brutal regime of Nicolas Maduro. Despite the dead, wounded, and detained, hundreds have taken to the streets, pursuing innovate strategies to challenge state security forces.

 

An image went viral around the world on Wednesday, April 19th, when a woman in her 60s decided to stand in front of a Bolivarian National Guard tank to prevent the war vehicle from moving forward.

Tweet: Woman detaining a tank. #Venezuela No to Repression! Continue fighting for the blood spilled by the tyrant.

The unarmed courageous woman got in the GNB’s way. She stood in front of a tank, very close and put her hands over her eyes to withstand the gases that painted the scene, with the Venezuelan flag on her neck and head. This Venezuelan became the country’s hero.

Another video that reveals how Venezuelans have lost their fear in the face of the repression. It was also taken on Wednesday, April 19th, and showed a GNB official shooting point blank at a woman who was recording with her cell phone from her home.

The soldier fired against alleged demonstrators. When he realized that he was being recorded by the lady, he loaded his gun and fired at her, wounding her with a shot in the jaw.

Tweet: Venezuelan policeman fired against a woman who was recording with her mobile phone from her home.

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

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

Long Post-Protest Night in Venezuela Ends with Confusion, Riots and One Dead

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 21, 2017, 12:00 pm
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EspañolVenezuela made it through a long night full of tension, disinformation, riots and repression. One person reportedly died. On Thursday, April 20, Caracas was the scene of looting, blockades, tear gas and much confusion on social media. The resurgence of violence was so strong that 50 children were forced to evacuate a hospital because of excess of tear gas. And then there was the information blackout. The media did not report what was happening and hundreds of Venezuelans were guided by rumors of an alleged military uprising, unofficial audio sent through whatsapp, dark videos and reports on Twitter. The west side of Caracas, which has traditionally supported Maduro's policies, became a war zone on Thursday night, most specifically in El Valle, La Urbina, Petare and El Paraiso. Neighbors in those areas said the Bolivarian National Guard fired tear gas into buildings in the middle of the night. A surprising image spread through social media showing a large projection of the phrase "Dictator Maduro" and "Murderer Maduro" on the side of a building in the neighborhood El Paraiso. https://twitter.com/caraboboreporta/status/855240026694799361 Tweet: The resistance and civil disobedience expressed in all its forms. Projection on a building in El Paraiso, Caracas. Clashes between security forces and radical demonstrators led to the evacuation of 54 children who were being held at the maternity and children's hospital in El Valle. "The dictator ordered his people to repress our people of El Valle in Caracas," opposition leader and Governor of Miranda Henrique Capriles said. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Meanwhile, Mayor of Sucre, Carlos Ocariz, reported Friday morning that a person identified as Melvin Guaitan was killed during the protests in the Cinco de Julio neighborhood, at the entrance of Petare. https://twitter.com/CarlosOcariz/status/855309409244766209 Tweet: With great pain, I must inform you all of Melvin Guaitan's death, a humble worker from the Sucre neighborhood was killed by a bullet. According to Ocariz, Guaitan died from a bullet wound, but he did not offer more details and demanded an investigation into his death. Read More: Repression in Venezuela Targets Protesters to Prevent March Even Taking Place Southeast of Caracas, in areas such as Santa Fe, La Trinidad and Baruta, riots and lootings were also reported. Meanwhile, there was a blackout in the Simon Bolivar airport in Maiquetia. https://twitter.com/NoticiasVenezue/status/855306421390295042 Tweet: Reports of blackouts in Maquetia airport. https://twitter.com/AlbertoRT51/status/855283348800847872 Tweet: AT THIS TIME 12:52am Electricity restored at Maquetia airport terminals. Flight from Panama and another from Miami have landed. Reflecting lights lit up the city near the Presidential Palace, which caused a commotion because they were interfering with antiaircraft reflectors that are usually not on. https://twitter.com/enpaiszeta/status/855279335120396289 Tweet: ATTENTION Antiaircraft emergency lights were on several hours ago in Miraflores. Chavez supporter Freddy Bernal tried to publicize the problem, but no media outlets, not even government-run channels, broadcasted his statements. Sources: La Patilla; El Estímulo

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