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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ocurrió en Barquisimeto 2

Ocurrió en Barquisimeto 2


Ocurrió en Barquisimeto 2

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 12:10 PM PST

Fotos del Centro Metropolitano Javier, Barquisimeto, Venezuela

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Ocurrió en Barquisimeto

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 12:03 PM PST

Fotos del Centro Metropolitano Javier

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Little superheroes

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 11:48 AM PST

Andreas Knickman, 17, inspired me to ride a bike after cancer. He is in a clinical trial now in which doctors are trying to stop his osteosarcoma from spreading.

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LLEGO LA REPRESION A MARACAIBO

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 11:16 AM PST

MUY BIEN SE HABIAN PORTADO LOS SRES DEL GOBIERNO EN EL ZULIA SIN DUDA ALGUNA, ESTA OPORTUNIDAD PARECE UNA EMBOSCADA EN TODO EL TERRITORIO NACIONAL, SEGUN DECLARACIONES A LOS MEDIOS ASEGURAN QUE LA COMUNIDAD DEL SECTOR PIDIO EL DESALOJO.

YO ESTABA ALLI HOY FUI COMO CASI TODOS LOS DIAS A LA PLAZA A ESO DE LAS 7 AM A LA PLAZA DE LA REPUBLICA, CUANDO LLEGAMOS SUPIMOS QUE EXISTIERON HECHOS DE REPRESION EN LA NOCHE Y QUE PUDIERON DEFENDER LA PLAZA HABIAN 600 ESTUDIANTES, PERO TODO CAMBIO EN EL RELEVO DE ESTA MAÑANA CUANDO LLEGAMOS HABIAN COMO 50 PERSONAS INCLUYENDOME.

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LLEGO LA REPRESION A MARACAIBO

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 11:13 AM PST

MUY BIEN SE HABIAN PORTADO LOS SRES DEL GOBIERNO EN EL ZULIA SIN DUDA ALGUNA, ESTA OPORTUNIDAD PARECE UNA EMBOSCADA EN TODO EL TERRITORIO NACIONAL, SEGUN DECLARACIONES A LOS MEDIOS ASEGURAN QUE LA COMUNIDAD DEL SECTOR PIDIO EL DESALOJO.

YO ESTABA ALLI HOY FUI COMO CASI TODOS LOS DIAS A LA PLAZA A ESO DE LAS 7 AM A LA PLAZA DE LA REPUBLICA, CUANDO LLEGAMOS SUPIMOS QUE EXISTIERON HECHOS DE REPRESION EN LA NOCHE Y QUE PUDIERON DEFENDER LA PLAZA HABIAN 600 ESTUDIANTES, PERO TODO CAMBIO EN EL RELEVO DE ESTA MAÑANA CUANDO LLEGAMOS HABIAN COMO 50 PERSONAS INCLUYENDOME.

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Ukraine protesters clean charred city center

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 11:09 AM PST

Protesters in Ukraine's capital set to work removing charred debris from Kiev's central square after recapturing the area from police.

 

The square, known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, was a black, smoldering mess on Thursday. Protests there had escalated in the days prior when police advanced and tried to take over the square, the site where protesters have been camped out for more than two months.

 

Demonstrators carried fresh supplies into the encampment, rebuilding barricades and preparing for futher violence.

 

Dozens more were reported dead throughout the day, with amateur video footage emerging showing protesters gunned down by what appeared to be police snipers.

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The View from Lviv

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 10:55 AM PST

As the news breaks from Kyiv of continuing deaths today in new clashes between the riot police and opposition streetfighters, the situation in the western city of Lviv is very different. Without saying that extremist provocateurs are absent in Lviv, extremists have not been a part of the city's collective response in the most public and visible gathering points. The city is strongly behind the opposition, but is expressing its political resistance peacefully: through peaceful marches, free and open speech from a city-sponsored stage built in the center of the city, peaceful public prayer, spontaneous acts of voluntary public service, vigilance and quiet solidarity. There is, of course, a great deal of anger, sadness, and anxiety, but the people of Lviv are presenting a very different face of resistance to the images from the battle zone in central Kyiv.

It is critical to note that the security situation in the city is also utterly different from the situation in Kyiv. There have been no deaths, no near deaths, no conflicts between the police and the public whatsoever. Not only are the police not stopping peaceful public protest in all its varieties, but there is essentially no police presence on the streets at all. The single noteworthy act of violence in the city in the last two, an attack on a local police precinct, occurred as the police stood by watching it happen. Within twelve hours, the public had cleaned the sidewalk and and began mending the building.

The following photographs show what I have seen in the streets of Lviv on February 19th and 20th. I offer them in several parts.

The first shows a march through the city streets.

The second shows before and after pictures of the cleanup around the police precinct.

The third and fourth show the situation in the main gathering location on Prosp. Svobody.

The fifth shows something of daily life in the city.

Jason Francisco
Lviv, Ukraine, February 20, 2014

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The View from Lviv

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 10:41 AM PST

As the news breaks from Kyiv of continuing deaths today in new clashes between the riot police and opposition streetfighters, the situation in the western city of Lviv is very different. Without saying that extremist provocateurs are absent in Lviv, extremists have not been a part of the city's collective response in the most public and visible gathering points. The city is strongly behind the opposition, but is expressing its political resistance peacefully: through peaceful marches, free and open speech from a city-sponsored stage built in the center of the city, peaceful public prayer, spontaneous acts of voluntary public service, vigilance and quiet solidarity. There is, of course, a great deal of anger, sadness, and anxiety, but the people of Lviv are presenting a very different face of resistance to the images from the battle zone in central Kyiv.

It is critical to note that the security situation in the city is also utterly different from the situation in Kyiv. There have been no deaths, no near deaths, no conflicts between the police and the public whatsoever. Not only are the police not stopping peaceful public protest in all its varieties, but there is essentially no police presence on the streets at all. The single noteworthy act of violence in the city in the last two, an attack on a local police precinct, occurred as the police stood by watching it happen. Within twelve hours, the public had cleaned the sidewalk and and began mending the building.

The following photographs show what I have seen in the streets of Lviv on February 19th and 20th. I offer them in several parts.

The first shows a march through the city streets.

The second shows before and after pictures of the cleanup around the police precinct.

The third and fourth show the situation in the main gathering location on Prosp. Svobody.

The fifth shows something of daily life in the city.

Jason Francisco
Lviv, Ukraine, February 20, 2014

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The View from Lviv

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 10:36 AM PST

As the news breaks from Kyiv of continuing deaths today in new clashes between the riot police and opposition streetfighters, the situation in the western city of Lviv is very different. Without saying that extremist provocateurs are absent in Lviv, extremists have not been a part of the city's collective response in the most public and visible gathering points. The city is strongly behind the opposition, but is expressing its political resistance peacefully: through peaceful marches, free and open speech from a city-sponsored stage built in the center of the city, peaceful public prayer, spontaneous acts of voluntary public service, vigilance and quiet solidarity. There is, of course, a great deal of anger, sadness, and anxiety, but the people of Lviv are presenting a very different face of resistance to the images from the battle zone in central Kyiv.

It is critical to note that the security situation in the city is also utterly different from the situation in Kyiv. There have been no deaths, no near deaths, no conflicts between the police and the public whatsoever. Not only are the police not stopping peaceful public protest in all its varieties, but there is essentially no police presence on the streets at all. The single noteworthy act of violence in the city in the last two, an attack on a local police precinct, occurred as the police stood by watching it happen. Within twelve hours, the public had cleaned the sidewalk and and began mending the building.

The following photographs show what I have seen in the streets of Lviv on February 19th and 20th. I offer them in several parts.

The first shows a march through the city streets.

The second shows before and after pictures of the cleanup around the police precinct.

The third and fourth show the situation in the main gathering location on Prosp. Svobody.

The fifth shows something of daily life in the city.

Jason Francisco
Lviv, Ukraine, February 20, 2014

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The View from Lviv

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 10:33 AM PST

As the news breaks from Kyiv of continuing deaths today in new clashes between the riot police and opposition streetfighters, the situation in the western city of Lviv is very different. Without saying that extremist provocateurs are absent in Lviv, extremists have not been a part of the city's collective response in the most public and visible gathering points. The city is strongly behind the opposition, but is expressing its political resistance peacefully: through peaceful marches, free and open speech from a city-sponsored stage built in the center of the city, peaceful public prayer, spontaneous acts of voluntary public service, vigilance and quiet solidarity. There is, of course, a great deal of anger, sadness, and anxiety, but the people of Lviv are presenting a very different face of resistance to the images from the battle zone in central Kyiv.

It is critical to note that the security situation in the city is also utterly different from the situation in Kyiv. There have been no deaths, no near deaths, no conflicts between the police and the public whatsoever. Not only are the police not stopping peaceful public protest in all its varieties, but there is essentially no police presence on the streets at all. The single noteworthy act of violence in the city in the last two, an attack on a local police precinct, occurred as the police stood by watching it happen. Within twelve hours, the public had cleaned the sidewalk and and began mending the building.

The following photographs show what I have seen in the streets of Lviv on February 19th and 20th. I offer them in several parts.

The first shows a march through the city streets.

The second shows before and after pictures of the cleanup around the police precinct.

The third and fourth show the situation in the main gathering location on Prosp. Svobody.

The fifth shows something of daily life in the city.

Jason Francisco
Lviv, Ukraine, February 20, 2014

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Demonstrators Building Up New Barricades at Euromaidan

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 10:08 AM PST

Demonstrators Building Up New Barricades at Euromaidan

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Protesters Cleaning Up Barricades

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 10:06 AM PST

Protesters Cleaning Up Barricades

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House of Trade Unions After Massive Fire

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 10:03 AM PST

House of Trade Unions After Massive Fire

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Euromaidan after the riot police has been dispersed

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 10:02 AM PST

Euromaidan after the riot police has been dispersed

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Euromaidan after the demonstrators have been pushed back

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 10:00 AM PST

Euromaidan after the demonstrators have been pushed back

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Ukraine - Solidarity Via @ElectronicSocialArt

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 04:06 AM PST

As the death toll mounts in Kyiv, I browse through my photos of the barricades on Maidan, or Independence Square, now burning. The command centre for the opposition, with the international press centre where I could interview opposition politicians earlier this month, is in flames. I think back to my discussions with average Ukrainians on the streets in Kyiv and Odessa. Here are some of those moments from February, 2014.

 

Speaking from Maidan, Volodymyr Ariev, an opposition politician, says, "It's the birth of civil society in Ukraine, when people wake up and start to fight for their rights. I cannot say that it is a revolution. It's evolution of Ukrainian people and Ukrainian society."
Instagram video: http://instagram.com/p/j_uvtpx3-3/

 

As I interview people in Russian, spoken fluently by most Ukrainians, it's clear that for many the struggle for day-to-day survival is their top priority. Some angrily say that the protestors are paid by the West and that's why they aren't at work. Others say that they would be there too if they didn't have to work. Opinions differ. But the facts remain: life is increasingly expensive in Ukraine. Even milk, I notice, is more expensive here than in France, while it is said that the average Kyiv salary is around 500 USD per month. In other smaller towns and places outside of the big cities, it is around 150 to 300 USD. The gas comes from Russia. When it's minus 20 Celsius and your family is cold, what choice do you have but to pay what is asked? And this is part of the complexity of the situation. Concessions have to be made. A regional interdependence is an unavoidable and very present reality. Ukraine must continue independent. Is EU integration the best option for a country "where a thousand years ago Russia was born out of," as one taxi driver explained to me?

 

The taxi driver continues, "The opposition in Ukraine is not for unity with Russia. They want to divide our country. This is my opinion. I'm for Yanukovych, for unity in our country."
Instagram video: http://instagram.com/p/kCry5Mx32x/

 

In the same city close to Odessa, a youth speaks for so many others of Ukraine. "People who react negatively, and tell the protestors to leave Maidan, don't understand the benefits that European integration would bring to us. People need to continue to fight for independence and for a better life, and this can only happen through EU integration."
Instagram video: http://instagram.com/p/kDGctax366/

 

As I'm guided by an assistant to one of the opposition deputies through the carnage of Kyiv's Hrushevsky Street, she says, "As Mikhail Hrushevsky waited for help in vain from Europe during the October revolution, we believe that our hope is not in Europe for help, but that we have to depend upon ourselves as Ukrainians."
Instagram video: http://instagram.com/p/j6H7Z3R3-k/

 

We walk past protestors playing football to keep warm on the usually busy-with-traffic European Square. A young man poses on the top of a burnt-out car for his friend to take a photo of him.

 

When I had arrived at Kyiv's Boryspil Airport, my taxi driver voiced another opinion of the unrest. "The West, Washington and London, have paid thugs to sow unrest among our peace-loving people. The president needs to come down hard on them - clean them out from Maidan - so that we can all go on taking care of what is most important, our families." He went on to say, "Of course these "protestors" are being paid! Who else would have the time to go and sit on Independence Square if they didn't get money for it?"

 

Another person from Odessa region replies to my request for his opinion on the situation. "Change is necessary. If people are passive, things can only get worse. This is why it is necessary to stand up - to fight for what is right - for democracy." Instagram video: http://instagram.com/p/j_jK7Mx30_/

 

Earlier at the press centre, now in ashes, where the command centre for the opposition was based, I was told about the atrocities committed against journalists. My guide explained why the journalists and cameramen are wearing helmets. They need this for protection, but they are also wearing it as a symbol of protest against the gross violations of rights being committed against journalists, and the people of Ukraine.

 

Instagram video of command centre entrance, with photos of missing persons: http://instagram.com/p/j4bcdzR34l/

 

For the week that I was in Ukraine, our global @applifam community, part of the Electronic Social Art Forum (@electronicsocialart on Instagram), did a week of @applifam activities to show our solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Highlights from social media artists across the world may be seen on www.instagram.com/applifam by scrolling through posts from the first week of February, 2014: http://instagram.com/p/jxIIfLG7NA/.

 

Johan du Toit is the founder of the Electronic Social Art Forum. Based in Normandy, his French association is developing a concept of mobile photography and electronic art shared via social media as a tool for mass-media and socially cohesive communication.
Follow @jvdt on Instagram and Twitter.

 

Electronic Social Art – pictorial power and the matrix of new media

 

The topic of revolution is trending globally. A new era has dawned and with it, the coming of age of a powerful platform, born out of the marriage of visual reporting and new media communication. Photo journaling that focuses on a local context can now speak to a global audience like never before. Social Media has given a voice to the formerly voiceless, a communicative advantage to the previously disadvantaged, and a digital pen that is mightier than the sword of censorship. In this revolving, changing world, a 360-degree view is needed to see where we have come from, where we are, and where we are heading, in order to take the necessary action that will ensure cohesion and progress for the next generation.

 

What is Electronic Social Art?

 

From a mobile platform, whether smartphone or tablet, visual and verbal expression fueled by pictorial power is channeled through internet- and cloud-based new media tools, and experienced in the showroom of social media. Electronic, because it is digital, innovative, and a product of the times; Social, because it addresses society for the sake of cultural cohesion via compassionate communication; Art, because it speaks to and from the heart. It brings to light the link between past, present and future in its mission to "photograph" (from Greek "to write with light") a collective vision of humanity that allows integration of solutions into problem areas in order to nurture growth.

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More than Riots ( a view from Kyiv)

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 12:52 AM PST

More than Riots ( a view from Kyiv)



Never underestimate, the power of the disenfranchised. Here in Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv, where I have lived for over a month now, tension has been high, support has been fleeting, and hope for a peaceful resolution to the current crisis, has been few and far in between. Many would have you believe that Kyiv particularly the independence square is under siege, surrounded by an opposing force, and under attack from all sides, in a way this may be true. Yet if you were to walk around the city of Kyiv, you may not be aware of any of the violence, as life outside of the square tends to go on, businesses operate, people commute to work, and the overall beauty of the city is still intact highlighted by its wonderful cathedrals, and monuments. If you were to fall asleep in the Maidan and wake up in another part of the city, you may indeed come to believe that it was all one horrible dream. Of course the tension is there, it is unavoidable, and yes there is anger in the voices of those who occupy the square during the night, and must leave and provide for there families during the day. But with that, there is also a sense of pride amongst those who have become embroiled in the thralls of unspeakable violence.

Those who occupy government buildings and quite literally as the world has seen battle police forces and hired thugs meant to cause disruption, are not attacking, they themselves are the one who are under siege. They have not taken the Maidan, they have chosen where they will make there last stand. With barricades of snow, and hand crafted bats, the people have taken a stand for democracy fittingly in a place called independence square. Holding on to every inch of the Maidan, as if every bit that is taken, is a chunk of freedom being stripped away from them, there families, their children, and for countless generations to come. They would rather live for there country but once you get to the front lines, as I have and speak to those who have sacrificed, there work, there safety, maybe even there sanity for this cause, you find that they are indeed prepared to die. Not enlisted soldiers, but I.T professionals, Shop owners, students and the like.

What is not to be lost in this is the fact that Ukraine is a nation that is quite literally split. Marred by systemic corruption and foreign political influence, if you were to speak to someone say from the East of Ukraine, you would here a different story. After all this president was elected, all be it by slim margins with more support from the eastern, predominantly Russian leaning regions of the country. To make things clear, there is no guarantee that removing this president will fix anything. As was the case in Cairo, the protesters, do not speak for the entirety of the country, and in many instances, are not the majority. If the President steps down as did Hosni Mubarak, the violence may end, but there is no guarantee that after elections are held and a constitution amended, that Ukraine will not once again find itself in a post Morsi-like state as Egypt finds itself now. With more violence, and a military that has seized control under the guise of order.

Revolutions are not always what they seem, and in my travels which have taken me from Fiji (military dictatorship) Egypt and protests in turkey's capital city of Istanbul, I have learned that the images we see are only half truths, as what we see is not revolution at all. What we see are the tips of the flames, the heat of the fire, as it burns at times uncontrollably, charring all in its path, women, children, soldiers, rebels, saving in some instances the Earth, for last. You hear the screams, the shattering of glass, and your perspective is lost amongst the cacophony of it all. You see, what we fail to realize, is that revolutions are quiet manifestations if you will, of a whisper. It starts with mutterings, echoes of the past, as the voices slowly merge into verses until at last they converge on one single theme, which in turn, forms a chorus.

By the time we see or hear from the people, by the time the powers that be feel the heat, and hear the songs, entitled Freedom, Liberation, and finally Revolution, the revolution has already ended. What we have at this point, is change, for better or for worse, things will never be the same again.

I am an African American from Washington D.C and in a place like Ukraine, that is typically perceived to be like its Russian neighbors, (less welcoming to those who are different) I have been to an extent accepted, and welcomed. For democracy, and freedom to pursue happiness, are not just American ideals, they are universal, and transcend race, religion, or nationality.

Statistics can be deceptive, and the truth can be adjusted, but when citizens realize that their refusal to speak does not protect them, they join in the same song they had been singing, often for years, in the shadows and alleys, until the conflicts of cognitive dissonance can be ignored no more. Revolutions, in essence occur in the silence, in the dark.

All most of us will ever see are the flames, bright orange and yellow, but we miss the ignition point, that quiet moment, where desperation turns to anger, faint even, like a heart beat, vital and within its soft rhythm, holds all that is essential for life.

Revolutions are not always what they seem, they are fueled not by anger alone, but by hope, love, and visions of what could be. Anything that claims to be done in the name of change, that does not involve these core elements, are merely riots, and rarely do riots change the world. The Ukrainian people aim to change their world, whether that change Is for better or worse has yet to be determined. They will stand ,but they are not fighters, they see themselves as patriots, they are defending the Maidan, which in this instance is its last symbol of hope in a country in which the people no longer have faith in the system, that they give power to. They are organized. They are passionate. They are like this proud country, battered, bruised, but strong, determined, and beautiful.

The violence, will continue, the death toll may rise, and change for better or for worse, is imminent. For Kyiv is a pot of water, left unattended on an open flame for far too long, only now is it bubbling over. It is my hope that the people can somehow manage the damage, contain it, and avoid more bloodshed, and begin to heal. Peacfeul protests must again be made possible, for to borrow from John F. Kennedy, "those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable."

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Venezuelan protest in Portland, Oregon

Posted: 20 Feb 2014 12:49 AM PST

     A group of  Venezuelan protesters got together in front of the Pioneer Square Court House. In order to support the students in Venezuela risking their lives for a better Venezuela "We might be thousands of miles away but Venezuela will always be in our hearts". The protesters formed a S.O.S. sign in the middle of Pioneer Square as well as a circle of prayer for their loved ones back in Venezuela. They all wish to be back home and be along side their fellow students but since that is not an option for most, they try to show as much love and support from the streets of Oregon as they can.

#PrayforVenezuela

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Resistencia es el grito de los estudiantes Caraqueños

Posted: 19 Feb 2014 08:44 PM PST

Los jovenes que protestan en las cercanías de la Plaza Altamira retornan las bombas lacrimógenas con sus manos, a la PNB durante los eventos de este miércoles

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National Guard of Venezuela ataca a manifestantes (video 2)

Posted: 19 Feb 2014 08:39 PM PST

Intervención armada de la Guardia Nacional de Venezuela en Shopping Center para disolver las manifestaciones estudiantiles.
(GNB Atacando los Edificios en la Urbanizacion)
Av. Andres Eloy Blanco Semaforo del Shopping Center
CALLE 137

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National Guard of Venezuela ataca a manifestantes

Posted: 19 Feb 2014 08:39 PM PST

Intervención armada de la Guardia Nacional de Venezuela en Shopping Center para disolver las manifestaciones estudiantiles.
(GNB Atacando los Edificios en la Urbanizacion)
Av. Andres Eloy Blanco Semaforo del Shopping Center
CALLE 137

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Enfrentamientos en Valencia, Carabobo (2)

Posted: 19 Feb 2014 08:15 PM PST

Más imágenes de la intervención armada de la Guardia Nacional de Venezuela en Shopping Center para disolver las manifestaciones estudiantiles.

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La represión de la Policia Nacional Bolivariana escaló represión entrada la noche

Posted: 19 Feb 2014 07:52 PM PST

Al caer la tarde la PNB y GNAB escaló en medidas represivas en contra de los manifestantes de Altamira, se registraron persecuciones hasta la zona de la castellana a algunos kilomotros de la plaza, los policias accionaron sus armas de perdigones contra manifestantes y transeuntes en dicha zona

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Enfrentamientos en Valencia, Carabobo

Posted: 19 Feb 2014 07:50 PM PST

Intervención armada de la Guardia Nacional de Venezuela en Shopping Center para disolver las manifestaciones estudiantiles.

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Fuerte represion en Altamira

Posted: 19 Feb 2014 07:42 PM PST

El día de hoy la Policia Nacional Bolivariana arremetió fuertemente contra los estudiantes quienes en su mayoría, solicitaban pacificamente pasar a la autopista Francisco Fajardo, la policia accionó bombas de gas lacrimogeno, perdigones y sus vehículos blindados, los estudiantes se mantuvieron firmes pero finalmente fueron sobrepasados

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Young Protesters in San Cristobal

Posted: 19 Feb 2014 05:46 PM PST

Students participate in protests in San Cristóbal, Venezuela, tonight, Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Viaducto Nuevo. They blocked the streets and burnt debris as a form of protest that have been erupting every day during the whole month of february and intensified from february 12th. They express concern for the problems that Venezuelan face like crime, scarcity, high prices, deteriorating public services, injustice, armed forces abuse and many other issues,

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Barricade in a street of Caracas

Posted: 19 Feb 2014 05:42 PM PST

This is a fire barricade in Caracas that protesters made in a manifestation at a suburb in Caracas called Altamira.

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Protesters, police continue standoff in Kiev

Posted: 19 Feb 2014 03:41 PM PST

Black smoked rose from Kiev throughout the day on Wednesday as protesters and riot police held their positions following a night of violent clashes.

 

Protesters broke up bricks that lined the streets to use as projectiles in ancitipation of more violence.

 

Smoke still billowed from the Trade Union building, which had been set ablaze the night before.

 

Music played from the stage and oppositoin leaders including Svoboda Party leader Oleh Tyahnybok railed against the government.

 

Police throughout the city searched cars while reports continued of roving bands of thugs known as Titushki.

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Ukrainian protesters took control of the city Lviv

Posted: 19 Feb 2014 12:40 PM PST

February 19, protesters took control of a military base of internal forces, building of prosecutors, most municipal police departments and Regional State Administration. There were burned police cars, smashed computers and burned all the legal documents. There were no clashes with police, in fact, government has no control under the city. Security Service of Ukraine reported that protesters were captured 267 guns, 2 rifles, 3 machine guns, 92 grenades and 15 thousand rounds of ammunition, generally in the western Ukraine, including Lviv.

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