- Posted April 22, 2014 by
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Protestas en Venezuela
Venezuela news: Gruesome protests, bloody riot photos emerge
Warning: Graphic images of the Venezuela protests are referenced in this article, therefore viewer discretion is advised when visiting the slideshow video link.
The Slide.ly slideshow is simply titled “My Reality…#YoSoyVenezolano (meaning: I’m Venezuelan)” – and the activist tribute video with images from the protests in Venezuela is quietly going viral with thousands of views accompanied by a plethora of social media shares and a growing number of comments during the short 48 hours after it was published on Easter Sunday.
The high holy holiday was the same day of the planned “burning Judas” and other religion-themed protest traditions such as a “Resurrection of Democracy” rally, held two days after violence in Valencia City took place as a student activist was shot dead, reports Reuters.
Venezuelan activists demand justice, use social media to share their stories online
Vowing to resurrect democracy and hoping to oust President Nicolas Maduro, protestors have donned masks and hoods as they’ve burned figures in effigy and demanded justice while the state TV has chosen to display peaceful photos of vacationing people filling the beaches during the Holy Week.
However, protestors are taking to the Internet and using media outlets such as CNN iReport to broadcast their own viewpoints of the unrest they are witnessing up close – no matter how raw, real and graphic.
An ongoing battle since mid-February, the protests have been led by opponents of Maduro who initially wanted answers to fix the widespread level of violent crime in Venezuela, as well as surrounding food shortages and escalating prices in the economy that have made everyday items such as toilet paper or flour a challenge to obtain at times. Meanwhile, Maduro claims the rioters only want to curry favor with the United States government and see him overthrown in the manner of former leader Hugo Chavez, who experienced a short 2002 coup.
Making their voices heard, publishing their protests
Despite any attempts to whitewash the reality of the melee, news of deaths continue to leak internationally via social networking websites – such as the recent activists’ claims on Twitter and in the local media that 21-year-old Gabriel Daza was killed Thursday night in Valencia. If confirmed, Reuters reports that his death will bring the death toll to 42 related to the protests and political unrest.
In the interim, the simple slideshow tribute churns forward, marking the before and after photos of felled activists, and gathering a wide variety of reactions.
“Do not forget,” wrote Carol Laughlin beneath the compelling tribute on Slidely.
Ana Villamediana Cruz called the slideshow “excellent material for presentation as evidence of violations of human rights, before the international court.”
No matter what side of the political equation a person falls, it’s clear that in this 21st century of citizen journalists with image- and video-capturing cell phones in hands, opinions can’t be buried beneath manufactured images of peaceful and placid scenes of happy tourists or sunbathing babes in order to project the façade of pleasantness.