A group of local politicians in Tachira state we stating a peaceful protest today in San Cristobal when they were confronted by a group of National Guard officers.

Below, a video of the event:

As the video begins, a group of what appear to be National Guard officers standing amongst a crow of demonstrators who appear to be holding a line. Some of the demonstrators are holding up signs. There is a lot of shouting, some of which I comes from a man (apparently a protester), who yells to one of the officers, “You can’t push us around like this!”.

The crowd begins to shout, “Libertad! Libertad!” [Freedom! Freedom!],and one of the officers tears up a sign and throws it with contempt into the crowd, some of whom reply with cries of, “Hijo de puta!” [You son of a bitch!]. One of the protesters holds up a sign that reads “Ni-colas, Ni-cuentos”, a pun using Nicolas Maduros’ name which translates into “No lines, no lies”.

At around 3:10, a man off-camera begins to speak, apparently addressing the National Guard officers, and says:

We’re fighting for fair wages, because you also struggle making ends meet. We’re fighting for a free Venezuela for all Venezuelans, [inaudible]. We’re fighting because the government goes on a trip with money that belongs to the poor… this struggle is for all Venezuelans, so that all of us can live better lives.

At around 4:12, one of the officers speaks to one of the protesters. He suggests that they go protest somewhere else, to which the protester replies,

What does that have to do with anything? Why can’t I protest wherever I want? This is a peaceful protest. When you go to the supermarket, do you find food? You don’t find any. Your families are going through the same thing we are. How much longer must we endure this?

233 Murders in Caracas So Far in 2015

233 murder victims have entered the Bello Monte morgue – the only one in Caracas – so far this year. There were 11 murders between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

One of the victims as an unnamed 12 year old girl, who was beaten and thrown down a flight of stairs by her mother, Nasiris Vergara (29). This is the second case of a murdered minor this week in the Greater Caracas area. On Tuesday, a nine year old was raped and strangled to death by two male suspects.

Another of the victims of the weekend’s violence was 49 year-old Ruben Ramirez. He got into an argument with a group of people in La Vega, Caracas when he was attacked with a broken beer bottle and “decapitated” .

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4 thoughts on “01.18.15: Ni-colas, Ni-Cuentos

  1. hummm…porque la desccripcion de los crimenes?? es como prensa “amarillista” que es la prensa que usa noticias grotescas para llamar la atencion. Si haces la descripcion y luego opinas, entonces es diferente, porque la descripcion grotesca es la introduccion a una idea o tu posicion en la materia.  Te acuerdas de la foto de la morgue hace unos anios?? la foto en si misma era digna de censura, pero lo que significaba la foto era transcendental y de alli su importancia. Pero eso es solo mi opinion.   From: In Venezuela To: rafaelefiorella@yahoo.ca Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2015 8:47 PM Subject: [New post] 01.18.15: Ni-colas, Ni-Cuentos #yiv1590242753 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv1590242753 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv1590242753 a.yiv1590242753primaryactionlink:link, #yiv1590242753 a.yiv1590242753primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv1590242753 a.yiv1590242753primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv1590242753 a.yiv1590242753primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv1590242753 WordPress.com | Giancarlo Fiorella posted: “A group of local politicians in Tachira state we stating a peaceful protest today in San Cristobal when they were confronted by a group of National Guard officers.Below, a video of the event:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FujPL2FJ0PsAs the vi” | |

    • Hey! Yes, I understand your point. The Sunday update is the most difficult to write because the newspapers/news websites tend to feature either editorials or sports news. I don’t often write about murder statistics, but when I do: 1) It’s on Sundays, when the newspapers tend to talk about the “weekend numbers”, and 2) I get the information regarding the individual victims from the newspaper articles themselves.
      I hadn’t considered that it could be sensationalist to write about individual victims because a lot of what I translate when it comes to speeches and day-to-day events is pretty sensational in its own way, and because saying “233 murders this month” is really impersonal; you don’t really get a sense that these are people you’re talking about. I think that when the newspapers give one or two examples of a person who was killed (with a name of the victim and a description of the events), it brings things back into perspective, and it’s not necessarily done to draw attention or sell copies of the paper. That’s not my intention, at least.

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