i’m not entirely sure how many of my followers are aware of the situation in Venezuela right now, but i need everyone to listen up.
"there have been peaceful protests going on for over a week now that quickly turned violent when a student was killed. since then, many more have been killed, injured, jailed, tortured, and abused.
the government is using the national guard in order to violently retaliate against protesters. they are breaking into buildings and going into people’s homes. they are shooting into buildings. they are using tear gas. they are using grenades. they are using firearms.
the protesters are not armed. they continue to peacefully flood the streets (and i do mean flood—they are taking up major highways and streets ALL over the country) in order to continue protesting the regime they are living under. the entire country is at a standstill.
the opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez, was arrested yesterday and is facing charges for murder, terrorism, and arson. the president, Nicolas Maduro, has also issued out arrest orders for anyone who continues protesting. just like in the united states, the venezuelan constitution outlines the right to assemble as a basic constitutional right. this right, along many others, are not being upheld.
it doesn’t stop there. the government has also started to block all internet connections—people have no access to the internet and therefore cannot continue documenting the atrocities that are currently going on. they are taking down videos that civilians have been posting of the national guard firing at other civilians or brutally attacking them. they are blocking facebook, twitter, instagram, and any other social media accounts that people are using in order to spread the word. the country is facing such scarcity that even the national newspaper cannot report what is occurring as they have no paper to print the newspaper on.
not very many international news outlets are documenting what is happening because they simply have little to no clue about what is going on. some have just started reporting on these events today.
that’s where you all come in.
if you’ve gotten up to this point and still have no idea what i’m talking about, simply type “#SOSVenezuela” or “#PrayForVenezuela” into any search bar (Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr—you name it, it’s going to show up). see for yourself what is happening in the country.
by simply reblogging, retweeting, reposting, liking/sharing someone’s status, you will be helping to spread the word. the more people become aware, the faster we can end this.
the venezuelan people have grown tired of living under such an incompetent and oppressive government and it is time that the international community get involved.
listen, guys. this is very important to me as venezuela is my home country. i, too, have been subject to the oppression of the government and have experienced first-hand what they can do. in the ten years that i have been in the united states, the situation in venezuela has only worsened. thankfully, my family was able to escape, but i still have relatives there and i worry very much for their safety,any small bit helps.”
thank you and please reblog<3
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